ERIC Number: ED197404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Ideal Traits and Terms of Address for Male and Female College Professors.
Rubin, Rebecca B.
Two studies were conducted examining the sex role stereotyping and status differentiation of college professors by their students. The first study examined student perceptions of college professors' ideal traits to ascertain possible influences of sex role stereotyping. A total of 184 students participated in a three-stage process of selecting the ideal traits. Only slight differences on openness and nurturing traits were found, indicating that students seemed to be more concerned with the role of the professor than the sex of the person occupying the role. The second study investigated the terms of address that 72 college students used with their professors in public and private contexts. Few contextual differences were found; however, female professors, especially those in the 26-33 age group, were addressed by first name more often than their male colleagues. The discussion pointed to possible student perceptions of more equal status with female professors than with male professors. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Men Faculty
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).