Is Harvard's Design School Sexist?

<p>Controversy over the lack of female faculty at Harvard's Graduate School of Design has erupted after a adjunct professor of landscape architecture submitted her resignation in protest of the school's gender imbalance.</p>
January 19, 2007, 10am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"An adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University who resigned Friday in a letter decrying the Graduate School of Design's gender inequities - including the landscape architecture department's utter lack of a female tenure hire in its 106-year existence - rescinded her resignation after the school's dean and Harvard's interim president, Derek C. Bok, convinced her to stay."

"The incident is the latest development in the gender wars at Harvard, where an internal report released by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in October found that just 20 percent of individuals who accepted tenure-track offers at the university's main undergraduate college last year were women, a decline from 40 percent in 2004-5."

"Alan Altshuler, the current graduate school dean, wrote in an e-mail that while the design school may have proven to be unfriendly territory for the advancement of female faculty in the past, things have changed since the early 1990s."

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Published on Thursday, January 18, 2007 in Inside Higher Ed
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