MEMORANDUM

To: NJIT Faculty, Staff and Students

From: Robert A. Altenkirch and Nancy Steffen-Fluhr

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2005

Subject: Report of the Committee on the Status of Women Faculty at NJIT

Several years ago, at the request of then President Fenster, the Committee on the Status of Women Faculty undertook a comprehensive effort to analyze the status of women faculty at NJIT over the last decade from 1990 to 2000. As the Committee was in the process of completing its work, it acquired additional information and data and included them in its final report, now covering the period from 1990 to 2003.

While NJIT has made progress in a number of areas concerning the status of women faculty, we need to continue to increase faculty diversity, including increasing the number of women faculty at all ranks, as well as in leadership roles.

The report contains a number of observations on the status of women faculty over the period covered and makes thoughtful recommendations about how NJIT might enhance the status of women faculty in the future. We intend to pursue many of these recommendations, which fit well within the context and will become a part of our strategic plan, a living document that we continue to refine over time.

We invite you to read through the report. It represents a comprehensive, important piece of work of which the members of the committee and NJIT can be proud. It supports our core values and guides us as we seek, not only to increase the numbers of women faculty in fields where they are now underrepresented, but to increase the opportunity for each woman faculty member and administrator to be successful in her career.