Webinar - Gender Bias in Student Evaluations

In partnership with the National University Technology Network (NUTN) and Texas Tech University, Open SUNY is pleased to host and showcase Dr. Kristina Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell of the Texas Tech University Department of Political Science, is the lead author of the recent study Gender Bias in Student Evaluations. A growing literature shows that student evaluations of teaching (SETs) are biased against women, which presents a significant problem when SETs are used in hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions. Dr. Mitchell will first describe her study and situate it in the literature of studies with similar findings. She found that even in identical online courses, students rate a male professor higher on an ordinal scale than a female professor.

Dr. Mitchell will discuss the implications of these findings for the higher education community and then provide strategies for addressing this issue. She will provide instructional design suggestions for how to incorporate materials into online and face-to-face courses that might address this bias. Alternate methods of teaching evaluation will be discussed, as well as strategies for women, for allies, and for institutions in addressing gender bias in higher education more broadly.

The State of Texas Academic Resource Link (STARLINK) network currently provides over 150 hours of professional development programming annually to 220 member colleges and universities in twenty-four states and Canada. Plus, through the U.S. Military and embassies we provide training in 22 countries around the world.

The State of Texas Academic Resource Link (STARLINK) was established in 1989 with an initial three-year Perkins State Leadership grant awarded to the Dallas Community College District (DCCCD) and the Austin Community College (ACC) jointly by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. STARLINK was designed to provide professional development for technical faculty via one-way video and two-way audio live satellite-based programming. It began as a network of 54 community and technical colleges receiving these video teleconferences.

A grant from the Texas Infrastructure Fund (TIF) in 1997-98 allowed STARLINK to build a mobile uplink truck. This allowed STARLINK to originate teleconferences from anywhere in Texas and additional colleges began producing teleconferences. The TIF grant also allowed for a digital satellite network to be created as a partner to the analog signal, with every community college campus obtaining a digital antenna and receiver. Also, in 1997 STARLINK began the concept work to create the Virtual College of Texas (VCT). From this initial work the VCT was created and in 1998 the Austin STARLINK Office was officially assigned to the VCT project. VCT now operates as a separate TACC entity.

STARLINK constantly continues to grow, evolve, and expand its professional development offerings and delivery methods. Video production has moved out of the TV studio to campuses and classrooms around the country. Today, STARLINK seminars are delivered as streaming videos and every member college receives a DVD of each program which they may duplicate. Every month an additional professional development video is the featured streaming video and our extensive program library includes long videos as well as over 130 short 3-7 minute teaching tips. Look for us on both YouTube and Facebook.

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Step 1: Go to http://www.starlinktraining.org and click on Login.
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