The complex role of gender in faculty hiring
Gender plays a complicated role in the hiring of computer science tenure-track faculty members, of which on average only about 15 percent are women, according to a study presented recently at the peer-reviewed International World Wide Web Conference in Montreal, Canada, and posted on the arXiv preprint server in February. Gender bias in hiring is not blatant, the authors found, but gender-associated differences in productivity, postdoctoral experience and institutional prestige of degree-granting institutions — which are likely due to bias against women during the training process — largely account for the observed gender imbalance in computer science faculty hiring networks.
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