Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Goals and Tasks of the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee

In cooperation with the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences’ Equality and Diversity Officer fulfills the legal requirement set down in the State Higher Education Act to promote in particular female junior researchers.

The Gender Equality and Diversity Committee supports and assists the Family Office’s measures to implement a family-friendly university (audit familiengerechte hochschule).

The Gender Equality and Diversity Committee is also responsible for diversity measures. In cases of sexual harassment or discrimination based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or social and religious background, the members of the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee are one point of contact together with others (Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs, central Equality and Diversity Officer).

In the university’s equality and diversity plan, the tasks of the Equality and Diversity Officer are detailed. The Officer is included in the work of the Faculty Council as an advisor.

The Gender Equality and Diversity Committee is made up of the faculty’s Equality and Diversity Officer, the deputy officer, and student and non-student representatives from all institutes and both departments. The Gender Equality and Diversity Committee meets regularly during the semester (Rules of the procedure for the WiSo Gender Equality and Diversity Committee).

Equality and Diversity at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Women now make up an equal portion or are even a majority of students, but during the course of an academic career, the proportion of women continually sinks (so-called leaking pipeline).

The WiSo faculty is not an exception to this: The proportion of women among students is very high in the WiSo faculty. Currently women make up 60.9% (WS 2015/16). Among new students, the proportion of women is even higher still (64.8%). At the other end of the pipeline, the proportion of female professors in the faculty is only 20.5% (9 women, 35 men). With this specific situation of women in economic and social sciences, the focus of the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee’s work is on the promotion of female early career researchers and the promotion of gender research.

The faculty has funding programs that serve this purpose.

Interested students, doctoral researchers, and instructors (mid-level faculty) have the opportunity to submit requests to the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee for the partial funding of research projects, conference participation, etc. (Funding from the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee).

In the context of the TEAching Equality Program, which is financed with quality assurance funds, the faculty’s individual institutes and the Department of Economics are also able to request funding for adjunct teaching on the topic of gender studies or gender-related practical or expert lectures (“TEAching Equality Program”).

The WiSo Gender Equality and Diversity Committee has planned TEA funds annually for carrying out the workshop “Gender Mainstreaming and Diversity Management - Professional Qualification Areas,” which has been included as an offer in the teaching program for interdisciplinary qualifications.

Guest professorships for gender researchers must continue to be applied for with the University of Tübingen’s Central Equality and Diversity Officer.