Session J5: Panel Discussion: What Works for Women in Physics: Lessons Learned from Research

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Room: Portland Ballroom 256

Sponsoring Units: COM CSWP
Chair: Yevgeniya Zastavker, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.J5.2

Abstract: J5.00002 : The Physics Classroom: Does Faculty Gender Matter?

11:39 AM–12:03 PM

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  Amy Bug
    (Swarthmore College)

Evidence, both anecdotal and in the literature, suggests that gender matters when students evaluate a professor; particularly in a highly analytical field like physics or mathematics. We report on a study to determine the effect of gender when other variables (in particular, the ``script" delivered by an actor playing the role of a lecturer) are controlled. After physics students view such a lecture, their written evaluations show significant effects related to both the gender of lecturer and of the student. While the study involved a small number (N = 126) of participants, it is believed that meaningful conclusions can be drawn, and future work is indicated.

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