Faculty Demographics

Faculty diversity is a source of strength in Health Sciences. Our diverse backgrounds -- of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and experience -- enhance our ability to achieve our core mission of service, teaching, and research. Faculty demographic data reveal the distribution of gender, underrepresented faculty, attrition, age distribution, and leadership diversity.

The data are extracted annually from the campus payroll system on November 1. This date aligns with campus headcount reports and captures any delayed promotions and appointments that are retroactive to July in the same calendar year.

Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty

UC San Diego Health Sciences defines underrepresented minority (URM) faculty as individuals from the following groups:

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • Black/Afro-American (not Hispanic)
  • Filipino/Pilipino
  • Latin American/Latino/Latinx
  • Mexican/Mexican American/Chicano
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • Other Spanish/Spanish American

This definition is based on three sources: underrepresented groups in STEM fieldsNIH/NSF definitions, and comparing representation of groups in the 2010 Census for the State of California versus the 2013 Medical Board of California Physicians.

Faculty Attrition

This dataset comprises faculty who resigned or retired from their faculty positions between November 1 and October 31 of the prior year. This includes faculty who changed to a staff physician contract, non-salaried faculty position, or retired faculty who returned to active duty (RTAD).

Leadership Diversity

This dataset contains faculty with official academic leadership positions in Health Sciences with titles defined as leadership by the AAMC. This list is updated annually by OFA and verified before publication by department business officers (DBOs). Leadership positions are defined by the AAMC as follows:

  • Health Sciences Leadership: Vice Chancellors (Assistant and Associate) and Deans (Assistant, Associate, and Senior associate)
  • Departmental Leadership: Chairs, Vice Chairs, Division/Section Chiefs, and Organization Research Unit Directors

Faculty with multiple leadership positions are only counted once per category unless they have leadership positions in more than one department.

Reports