Psychology Faculty: Representation, Salary, and Growth Trends

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A report from College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Researchcomparing psychology faculty to all faculty in higher ed, investigates the salary, pay equity, minority representation, and growth of non-tenure-track faculty in psychology.

Representation
The report reveals that the percentage of women in new assistant professor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor positions in psychology is greater than the percentage of women in these positions in faculty overall. However, as also seen in all other higher ed disciplines, as the rank of positions increases, the percentage of women in those psychology positions decreases.

While the representation of women in psychology faculty is significant, the representation of racial/ethnic minorities in every position is lower than the faculty as a whole. As is for women, as the rank of positions increases, the percentage of minorities in those psychology positions decreases.

Salary
The report states that as the rank of psychology positions increases, so do pay gaps between men and women. While representation may be low for racial/ethnic minorities in psychology, it is reported that minorities in psychology are paid more than equitably. Hispanic and Black full professors are paid more in psychology than full professors of color in faculty overall. The long-term trend of lesser pay for tenure-track psychology faculty compared to higher ed faculty overall was also still supported.

Growth
Psychology is maintaining comparatively low numbers of non-tenure-track faculty. In comparison to all higher ed disciplines, psychology has not seen steep increases in non-tenure-track faculty positions.

Read the full report: Focus on Psychology Faculty: Salary, Pay Equity, Minority Representation, and the Growth of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

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