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Rutgers poli-sci department is old school, women claim

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Five female faculty members at Rutgers University in New Brunswick have filed a complaint with the state Attorney General’s Office, alleging bias in pay and decision-making in the Political Science Department.

The complaint, reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, claims that one female professor earned $113,029 annually after 35 years, while a male professor with 16 years of experience earned $123,359 a year.

The women also allege that senior male faculty members regularly hold dinner meetings from which women are excluded that function as an “unofficial decision-making venue.” The department includes 18 male faculty members and nine female faculty members.

A faculty committee appointed to investigate found “significant evidence” of bias against women in the department.

Douglas Greenberg, who in August became dean of Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences, is investigating the findings, which he called “very, very worrisome.”

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