#todayin: academia: #research: women academics do more “servce work” to their possible professional detriment

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Women shoulder a disproportionately large workload at home in ways that might disadvantage them professionally. But are female professors also “taking care of the academic family” via disproportionate service loads? A new study says yes and adds to a growing body of research suggesting the same. “We find strong evidence that, on average, women faculty perform more service than male […]

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#guestpost: #research: What does the feminisation of psychology look like?

In two previous posts published online at the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Blog (FWSA) (one, two) I discussed women’s status in psychology. First I looked at the underrepresentation of women as authors in seven academic psychology journals: The Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Review of General Psychology, Teaching of Psychology, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal […]

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#research: Residential colleges are “total institutions” and hookup culture is totally institutionalized

socimages: Residential colleges are “total institutions” and hookup culture is totally institutionalized. By Lisa Wade, PhD; originally posted at Everyday Sociology. When new students move into their residence halls to start their first year of college, they become a part of an institution. In many ways, it is a “total institution” in the tradition of the sociologist Erving Goffman: an […]

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#vivelafeminism: The feminist classroom as ‘safe space’ after Brexit and Trump by @alisonphipps

aroomofourownfeministnetwork: The feminist classroom as ‘safe space’ after Brexit and Trump by @alisonphipps So it’s happened. Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States. He ran on a white supremacist ticket, and multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault failed to stop him taking the White House. There were reports of racist, homophobic and misogynistic hate crimes within hours of […]

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#research: women academics ‘pay price for academic citizenship’

(I question how much of this is “choice” and how much of it is role allocation.) ••• Female professors earn less on average than their male counterparts because they focus on underappreciated “academic citizen” roles that do not lead to promotion or pay rises, a new study suggests. Male professors devote less time to mentoring duties, serving on university committees […]

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#research: “The vast majority of the so-called research turned out in the modern university is essentially worthless”

“The vast majority of the so-called research turned out in the modern university is essentially worthless,” wrote Page Smith, a longtime professor of history at the University of California and an award-winning historian. “It does not result in any measurable benefit to anything or anybody. . . . It is busywork on a vast, almost incomprehensible scale.” The number of journal articles […]

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#vivelafeminism: Resignation is a feminist issue

To live a feminist life is to be a feminist at work. Until I resigned, my own working life had been based in universities: I was a student for around 10 years and I have been an academic for over 20 years. So much of what know is shaped by where I have been located. I carry the university with […]

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#research: “Academia’s war on women is real.”

“Academia’s war on women is real.” Academia is quietly and systematically keeping its women from succeeding, Marcie Bianco, quartz (emphasis added, as always) Academia’s war on women is real. Even though women outnumber men both in college enrollment and graduation rates, colleges aren’t exactly bending over backwards to accommodate them. From skyrocketing costs resulting in women taking out more loans—and […]

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#todayin: *smh* University isn’t for men? @jembloomfield

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quiteirregular (Jem Bloomfield) nails it once again. I missed the THE piece the first time around (praise the gods). Women and feminists are not holding men back at university back (jaysus!) but their belief in (toxic) masculinity is. Attempts to combat violent misogyny in British universities are putting men off going to uni. That’s the basic message of an article […]

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#research: student evaluations are better and predicting gender bias and grade expectations (from @insidehighered)

The latter we’ve all known for a long time. The former is repeatedly confirmed in research. Certainly something to remember for the new “TEF”. From insidehighered: There’s mounting evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable. But are these evaluations, commonly referred to as SET, so bad that they’re actually better at gauging students’ gender bias and grade expectations […]

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#womenslives: Women’s working lives in the ‘new’ university

Is there room for any women other than the “exceptional woman”, let alone women with children, in the new hyper-stratified university? Feminist academic, Angela McRobbie, writes for Open Democracy on what it is like to be a woman in the ‘new’ university. Note how she argues that universities are still often, in practice and ethos, the preserve of the male […]

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#todayin: neo-liberal academia: #research: A feminist leaves NeoLiberal U

I cannot stress how important the blog post is below. It is from Academic Irregularities* and responds to a feminist academic’s letter of resignation from her university. The response describes so eloquently and accurately the state of higher education/ academia in Britain. I might tweet this out several times over the next while. Academic Irregularities is a blog is linked […]

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#study: racist and sexist micro-aggressions on college campuses

This is the first study I have read which examines on such a large scale (n=200) experiences of sexism and racism by women and people of colour (POC) on college campuses. Importantly, the study explored sexist and racist micro-aggressions (a term initially coined to describe subtle and possibly unintended forms of racism) as well as more explicit mistreatments. A Muslim […]

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