Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Top college campuses were far more likely to host male professors to speak in department talks than female professors, according to new research led by a Rice University graduate student.
The scholars tracked speakers at 3,652 talks in the 2013-14 academic year in biology, bioengineering, history, political science, psychology and sociology departments at top-ranked schools.
Nearly 70 percent of those talks were delivered by male professors, the research found, even as a random sampling of professors appeared equally motivated to deliver talks, regardless of gender. The authors also controlled for higher rates of men than women in higher education.
"Different preferences between men and women did not seem to be responsible for the gender discrepancy in colloquium talks," said Christine Nittrouer, a psychology graduate student at Rice who led the research, in a press release.
Talks were more likely to include a female speaker when a female chair organized the event, the research found.