New studies on teaching evaluations reveal insights on bias and tenure: Flaherty

May 24, 2019

A new study out of the US shows that student evaluations of teaching are biased, particularly against female professors, but also that “relatively simple changes to the language used in SETs can make a positive impact in assessments of female professors,” writes Colleen Flaherty. That said, the study also notes that students and their biases might adjust to the new language and thus negate the positive effect for female professors in the long term. Flaherty reports that a second recently released study has also found that professors are seen as better teachers by students prior to earning tenure, with the study’s authors suggesting that tenure might be associated with decreased “quality of output.” Inside Higher Ed | Bias Study | Tenure Study (International)