Assessing sex and career biases in screening candidates for a deanship: An experimental study

David R. Johnson, Max D. Larsen, Joan K. Wadlow

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To test how sex biases operate in the screening of candidates for administrative positions, an experimental study was conducted to evaluate the contribution of gender and career pattern effects on candidates' ratings. Faculty from seven universities were asked in a task that was judged to be realistic to evaluate vitae of six candidates for a deanship of a college of arts and sciences. Experimental design permitted alteration of the vitae to change gender and career patterns. No significant difference was found in the ratings assigned to male and female candidates. Career break did have a significant effect; candidates with career breaks received higher ratings on the average than those without career breaks. There was no significant interaction of gender and career break. Three different ratings systems were used, but none interacted with either gender or career break. However, closer examination of screeners' ratings did suggest that career experience was evaluated in different ways for male and female candidates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-374
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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