FEMALE FACULTY AT GREEK COMPUTING DEPARTMENTS: 2003-2012
The last two decades there are numerous studies concluding that women are underrepresented in all fields of Computing, such as Computing studies and the Computing Industry. However, female students in Computing, in undergraduate or graduate programs, need motivation, in order to pursue a computing career. Faculty members in Computing departments, especially women, can inspire, set the example and serve as mentors and role models for female students. To this end, it is important to investigate female representation in faculty members of Computing departments. Thus, the focus of this study is the investigation of the representation of female faculty in Computing departments in Greek Universities and Engineering schools during the decade 2003-2013, in order to record the situation and the extend of the problem. The data the number and the percentage of female faculty members are derived from the Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT).
These data refer to faculty members (professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturer) in:
(a) every department of University and Engineering school in Greece, and
(b) in 14 Computing University departments and 8 Electrical & Computer Engineering Schools, in Greece, which have been characterized as Computing departments according to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) developed by Unesco.
These data were appropriately organized -by the authors- in order to provide a clear picture of female faculty representation in Computing during the whole decade (2003-2013).
The analysis of the data shows that:
(a) female faculty members in every department of Universities & Engineering Schools in Greece are less than male in every rank (professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers),
(b) female faculty members in every department of Universities & Engineering Schools are better represented in the rank of lecturer, followed by the rank of assistant professors, associate professor and professor, while as far as are concerned
(c) female faculty members in Computing departments are less than male in every rank (professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers),
(d) female faculty members in Computing departments are better represented in the rank of lecturer, followed by the rank of assistant professors, associate professor and professor,
(e) female faculty in every department of Universities & Engineering Schools are better represented compared to female faculty members in Computing departments in every rank,
(f) the female representation in every rank both in every University department & Engineering School and in Computing departments appears an ascending trend, through the decade, and
(g) there are Computing departments where there are no female faculty members.