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Gender, Influence on Teaching

Despite women making up nearly half of all faculty members in U.S. higher educational institutions, their experience is still marked by gender stereotypes. Gender affects where they are located within and across institutions, their professional activities, and the way they are perceived, treated, and evaluated. Thus, the experience of being a woman professor is markedly different from the experience of being a man professor. This entry discusses the social locations of women in higher education institutions, then explores how gender influences teaching and highlights the role of gender in student evaluations of teaching (SET).

Social Locations of Women in the Academy

Women made up almost half of the faculty in institutions of higher education in the United States in 2018, but they were overrepresented in the community- ...

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