Chipping Away at the Gendered Wall Implications for Being a Woman Sociologist

Date of Award

Spring 2002

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Elizabeth Monk-Turner

Committee Member

Judi Caron-Sheppard

Committee Member

Anita Fellman

Committee Member

Randy Gainey


The purpose of this study was to investigate what factors may determine productivity among sociology professors and factors that-affect promotions and hiring. In today's academic institutions, the gender barrier is considered nonexistent; however, the actual existence of the gender barrier is often apparent in departmental hiring decisions and university tenure policies. With knowledge of current, often subtle, biased standards, the gender barrier can begin to be dismantled to offer true equality for all potential and current professors. The data was collected in 2001, during the fall academic semester from departments of sociology (n=2 l 8). This thesis looks at the impact of departmental hierarchy, individual productivity level and demographic factors on professors' academic position and productivity. The research found that there are some differences in article productivity between males and females and also differences in productivity based on years of experience and what type of institution in which one is working. The research also found that women with children produce more books than women without children, and that gender differences in hours teaching, hours preparing for classes and hours spent working outside of the class were not significant related.


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