Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently published a report examining how “some colleges and universities are taking bold steps to even the playing field when hiring and retaining female faculty and staff.”
And among the experts Diverse turns to in putting this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Jerlando F.L. Jackson, the university’s Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education. He also is the director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), which is housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).
The article explores the issue of the still existing gender gap in higher education, especially with positions with the highest pay.
“Understanding and addressing pay gaps in higher education is a complex matter," Jackson tells Diverse Issues. "Unpacking how these gaps continue to exist, albeit with some progress, requires both a close look at the institutions and individuals involved."
Diverse Issues goes on to quote Jackson as adding: “The biggest roadblocks fall within the institutions with perennial challenges like salary compression, small institutional pay adjustment exercises like annual raises, and access to more robust salary adjustment tools like counter-offers that help to correct against external market forces represent a mix of realities that continue to move the pay-equity line.”
Jackson is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
and is a Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)