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  • Student course evaluations are biased against female professors, study says

    Mic - 01/26/2016

    In March, Pacific Standard wrote a story about an interactive chart, titled Gendered Language in Teacher Reviews, that measures bias in words. Northeastern University assistant professor Benjamin Schmidt developed the program, using approximately 14 million reviews from RateMyProfessor.com. Given a word, the chart will show how frequently it appears in reviews for men and women and how they skew across a range of departments. On the website, Schmidt pointed out that “not all words have gender splits, but a surprising number do.”

    According to the Standard, one of the most noticeable disparities occurs when male professors are called “geniuses,” “brilliant” or “funny,” while their female counterparts are stuck with negative adjectives like “bossy,” “mean” and “pushy.”

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