Female professors ‘pay price for academic citizenship’

Women in academia may be losing out salary-wise because they are more focused on tasks that may go unrewarded, a study suggests

Female professors earn less on average than their male counterparts because they focus on underappreciated “academic citizen” roles that do not lead to promotion or pay rises, a new study suggests.

Male professors devote less time to mentoring duties, serving on university committees and other “academic citizen” roles, and instead concentrate on their own research – an activity more likely to win them external recognition and a pay rise, according to a paper by Bruce Macfarlane, professor of higher education at University of Southampton, and Damon Burg, a research fellow at Southampton Education School.

Based on interviews with 25 female and five male professors at nine UK universities, the two researchers found that female professorstended to talk about the broader demands of their departmental chair, whereas male interviewees focused far more on the need to win research grants.

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