Female professors get more grief from students, study finds

Posted on January 8th, 2018

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University students across the province are heading back to school this week, and a new study suggests that female professors have added work demands compared to their male colleagues.

Research from Eastern Washington University has found that women working in education are more often requested to give extensions, boost grades and be more lenient when it comes to classroom policy.

“I always found it odd that students would sometimes have emotional responses to me simply enforcing my own policy, and I always wondered why that was,” said Amani El-Alayli, a psychology professor at Eastern Washington University and the study’s lead author.

She said standard policies like not sending PowerPoint slides to students, denying retests and not including extra credit or grade-boosting projects would be met with irritation or persistent nagging.

“Students wouldn’t take no as an answer … I always suspected that gender could play a role, and it seems that maybe it does,” El-Alayli said.

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