Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 21–35 | Cite as

Academic Capitalism and the Faculty Salary Gap

  • Jessica A. JohnsonEmail author
  • Barrett J. Taylor


In the academic capitalist knowledge regime, institutions compete for prestige and funding. Reward structures emphasize science and engineering (S&E) fields for their potential to generate money and status. Masculine norms and male majority in S&E fields may create conditions for gender differences in faculty compensation. We explored the relationship between institutional S&E emphasis and the faculty salary gap at 130 public research universities. Findings suggest that the salary gap for full professors varies over time - decreasing at institutions with the greatest S&E emphasis and increasing at institutions with lower levels of S&E emphasis. Context matters when exploring gender differences in institutional rewards.


Academic capitalism Gender Faculty rewards Science and engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North Texas Health Science CenterFort WorthUSA
  2. 2.University of North TexasDentonUSA

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