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iveber state Co o) Volume 31, Number 28 Weber State College, Ogden, Utah 84403 Tuesday, February 1, 1972 4 Pages - ' - - w- . . VJfc -; . , , - 1 t w . . . "3 r lnJoiiien's eqml rights Eaiff Weber Stteafle fecoifiy by Loy Bullock "Equal rights for women means equal responsibility", Dr. Helmut P. Hofmann, Academic Vice President, said of the stirring discontent among women faculty members on Weber State College campus recently. x , , , " Dr. Hofmann feels women are not being deliberately treated unfairly. "I do not believe anyone in the administration is against women", he said, "neither are we afraid of them. To discriminate against anyone for reasons of religion, color, or sex is against the laws of the land." Some female faculty members feel that discrimination regarding salary and promotion does exist. "Although I have been treated fairly and with consideration, there are Women on campus with teminal degrees, double masters, etc. who believe they are not being recognized", Leola Davidson, Chairman of the Nursing Department and one of the two women department chairmen at WSC, said. The women faculty number 85 in a total 395 faculty employment at Weber State as of January 1, 1972, Dr. Hofmann said. Of this number only one woman holds the rank of full professor seven are associate professors. Jean Kunz, the only female full professor on campus and Chairman of the Family Life Department, said that if is important in our society to have individuals receive like quality of pay for like quality of work and performance. Many women feel there is discrimination with regard to salary although none has any concrete data for a comparison of salaries between men and women faculty. Marian Brown of the English Department said that in job openings men are considred first, are employed at a higher rate, and are advanced more rapidly than women. A study is now being made to determine if women's salaires are comparable to men's, Dr. Hofmann said. The Academic Council sets guidelines for promotions. Length of service, qualifications, and contributions are all judgment factors in determining salary, Dr. Hofmann said, but promotions must originate at the department level. The Academic Council recently made it mandatory to have a terminal degree in order to obtain rank of professor or associate professor. Many women feel this ruling deliberately shuts the door to promotions given women faculty. "A faculty member can do the college a great deal of service without an advanced degree", Miss Brown said, "but the new ruling makes it impossible to get rank without the degree." "Traditionally women have been defined in terms of other competencies rather than their intelligence. Women have been thought of as less able and 'merely women' ", Jean Kunz said. "It is only in the last few years that women have been accepted in graduate programs and were able to complete their degrees without being twice as good as some men, thus you find a greater proportion of women who are without terminal degrees. We need a little time to catch up because of the past discrimination in the lives of women up to the present", she said. Dr. Hofmann stated that he would like to see women assert themselves more and become more active in all affairs on campus. He encourages participation in the newly formed women's faculty organization and says that an organization of this kind can lend helpful advice and suggestions. "The American Association of University Women has traditionally been a force to improve instruction as well as administration on campuses, and it may be that an organized women's group would be able to bring about changes that would enhance men as well as women", Dr. Kunz said. A majority of women were in favor of such an organization, Miss Brown said, and have elected Leola Davidson as chairman of a committee to study any inconsistencies. "I am not interested in a women's liberation movement as we know it", Mrs. Davidson said. "I just want women to be recognized for their accomplishments and capabilities.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1972-02-01, Vol. 31, No. 28|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|