Study finds that female TAs receive more negative evaluations than male TAs

November 3, 2020
A new US study done on the effects of student biases on TA evaluations indicates that students may evaluate male TAs more positively than female TAs. In the study, one TA posed as a male TA to one section of the class and as a female TA to the other section of the class. The putative female TA received five times as many negative evaluations compared to the putative male TA. Additionally, the data shows that female students were much more likely to evaluate the female TA negatively. The article describes how these negative evaluations can prevent TAs from pursuing a career in academia while also affecting hiring decisions and career progression. Inside Higher Ed (International)