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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Gender Bias in Faculty Hiring and Promotion: A Research Proposal
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 7:30 PM -7:40 PM
  Author: Ramon Barthelemy, Western Michigan University
  Co-Author(s): Charles R. Henderson
  Abstract: According to the AIP, in 2006 only 10% of faculty at Physics PhD-granting institutions were female. One potential contributor to this underrepresentation of women is gender bias in the hiring and promotion process. This talk will discuss a study of such gender bias in the field of psychology* and present a proposal for a similar study in physics. In the psychology study, a curriculum vita from a faculty member at the beginning or tenure phase of their career was sent to randomly selected faculty. Participants were asked to rate the content of the CV along with their decision for hiring the individual or granting tenure. The CVs were identical except that some had a traditionally male name and others had a traditionally female name. The psychology results found significant gender bias in hiring. Feedback will be invited on the design of a similar study in physics.
  Footnotes: *Steinpreis R, Anders K, Ritzke D (1999) The impact of gender on the review of the CVs of job applicants and tenure candidates: A national empirical study. Sex Roles 41: 509?528.
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