Nelson Diversity Surveys
Demographics of faculty at "top" universities by discipline
The Nelson Diversity Surveys measure the demographic distribution of tenured and tenure-track faculty in “top” STEM departments as ranked by the National Science Foundation according to field-specific research expenditures. The data were collected in 2002, 2005, and 2007 and are disaggregated by gender, race and rank.
The 2002 data were the first published on faculty at the top 50 research universities in each of 14 science and engineering disciplines. The survey was expanded in 2005 to include the “top 100″ departments in each of 15 disciplines; in some cases, slightly fewer than 100 schools were ranked by NSF for a discipline. Disciplines include: chemistry, physics, math, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, sociology, political science, economics, biological sciences, psychology, astronomy/astrophysics and earth sciences.
These surveys were conducted under the auspices of the University of Oklahoma and the Diversity in Science Association. Data were collected by surveying department chairs; each department chair provided faculty data, disaggregated by gender, by race/ethnicity, and by rank.
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DETAILED DATA TABLES BY FIELD:
Math and Statistics