MacNell, L., Driscoll, A., & Hunt, A. (2015). What’s in a name: Exposing gender bias in student ratings of teaching. Innovative Higher Education, 40(4), 291-303. Retrieved from OmniFile Full-Text Select.
An experiment at the University of North Carolina in which two instructors in an online class identified as the opposite gender. Results revealed that students rated the instructor with the perceived female identity more harshly than the instructor with the perceived male identity. Discusses the need for increased understanding of how gender bias plays a role in teaching evaluations, which many institutions use to measure teaching proficiency.