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Surprising? Female faculty face a strong glass ceiling in HED

A new study reveals that male-dominated university environments are challenging for most female faculty.

Female faculty members hoping to advance to the highest ranks of academia face significant barriers due to male-dominated environments at colleges and universities, according to a new study of faculty at colleges of business led by a professor at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business.

The study, published in the Journal of Management, suggests that colleges of business are male-dominated, leading to shifting standards when it comes to the highest senior appointments.

While the data was collected in business schools throughout the United States, the researchers believe their results would be replicable in other academic settings and in other male-dominated environments, said Len Treviño, professor of management in FAU’s College of Business.

“We looked at lifetime productivity and found irrefutable evidence that, in line with double-standards theory, women have to do a lot more work than men to get similar rewards,” Treviño said. “It’s true there’s a double standard. We tested it.”

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Laura Ascione