Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 08:29:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 3/3/99

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
     weekly issues of  3/3/99, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1.  Women's salaries
2.  More on the Glass Ceiling
3. NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows
4. Wesleyan Masters Prog
1.  Women's salaries
From: Papers

Just a difference of opinion on Beth's thesis that
publishing salary info leads to more equity.
The experience here is that:

1. Salarys are published - yes

2. The published differential between top Full prof salary 
and lowest assistant prof salary is about 100% (or 130% if 
one adds in summer salary - which some get automatically and 
others do not). The published differential between top Full 
prof salary and MEDIAN full prof salary is about 90% (or 10% 
if one adds in summer salary).

3. So far as I can determine the performance difference 
between "top" and "median" (for the Full prof rank where 
there is sufficient data) is AT MOST 25%. The rest is 
"politics." (In fact since astronomers in our physics dept 
are consistently below the median I can't even compare the
people I know the best - so my biases here are probably 
pretty uniform).

4. The published data leads to whining, backbiting and more 
politics so people can "do better" by tearing other people 

What is the experience of people in state systems where 
salary is set by rank without these large variances?

Sue Simkin

2. NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows
From: "Wright, James P."

There is a new NSF program for NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows 
in K-12 Education.  There was discussion of something like 
this in astronomy but apparently others thought it was a 
good idea and there is now an NSF wide program.

There is a Dear Colleague Letter at 
The program announcement is at

James P. Wright
Program Director
Education and Human Resources and Special Programs
Division of Astronomical Sciences  Room 1045
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA  22230

Telephone 703-306-1819,  E-mail

3. Wesleyan Masters Prog
From:	IN%"" 

The Astronomy Department at Wesleyan University offers a 
course of study leading to an M. A. degree. It includes 
physics, math and astronomy courses tailored to the needs of 
the individual, as well as a Master's Thesis. We are 
particularly interested in promising students who, often 
owing to a late start with physics, find themselves 
unprepared for admission to astronomy Ph.D. programs. 
Students who want additional background in astronomy to 
support a career in secondary school teaching, public 
education, or research support, may also benefit from our 
program. We encourage applications from members of 
underrepresented populations in the physical sciences. The 
current faculty members and their research interests are: 
William Herbst (star formation, T Tauri stars); John Salzer 
(active galaxies, cosmology) and Ata Sarajedini (globular 
clusters, galaxy formation). A search for a fourth faculty 
member is underway. In  addition, Caryl Gronwall (galaxy 
evolution) is a postdoctoral fellow, Vicki Sarajedini 
(quasars, active galaxies) is a Visiting Scholar and Eric 
Williams (extra-solar planets) is the Systems and Facilities 
Manager.  The department is well equipped for instruction 
and research. Facilities include a network of Sun 
workstations, PC's and Mac's, a CCD attached to a 24-inch 
reflector, a 20-inch refractor equipped for astrometric 
work, and the substantial astronomical library of the Van 
Vleck Observatory.  The deadline for applications is April 
1. Graduate teaching and research assistantships may be 
available. Further information and application materials may 
be obtained by contacting the department secretary at 203-
685-2130, sending e-mail to, or 
visiting the department's HomePage at

End of CSWA Newsletter of 3/3/99