The Deference Differential
I’m an associate professor and went to a dissertation committee meeting today for a male doctoral student. As I walked in with another of his committee members (a male) he greeted us both, me by my first name, the male faculty by “Dr. X.” It’s not because he knows me better or feels more comfortable with me—he works with the male faculty much more closely than me. I actually don’t know him that well at all.
I’m becoming increasingly annoyed at the deference differential I repeatedly observe between how male and female faculty are treated by students.
And note to grad students: don’t insult your committee members moments before you need their stamp of approval on your work. Just not a good move.