Female professors earn less on average than their male counterparts because they focus on underappreciated “academic citizen” roles that do not lead to promotion or pay rises, a new study suggests.
Male professors devote less time to mentoring duties, serving on university committees and other “academic citizen” roles, and instead concentrate on their own research – an activity more likely to win them external recognition and a pay rise, according to a paper by Bruce Macfarlane, professor of higher education at University of Southampton, and Damon Burg, a research fellow at Southampton Education School.
As presented in the THES article, this would appear to be a choice women happen to have made to be good academic citizens. But I think it’s important to remember that these are not simply choices. First, women are likely to be asked to serve on more committees simply because they are underrepresented and…
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