Perceptions of Academic Departmental Climate by Men and Women and the Effects of Such Perceptions on Research Productivity

Perceptions of Academic Departmental Climate by Men and Women and the Effects of Such Perceptions on Research Productivity

By Kim Quaile Hill and Patricia Ann Hurley, Texas A&M University

We demonstrate how men and women political scientists in PhD-granting departments perceive the professional climates there. We find remarkable differences in how men and women perceive the “cultural” climates of their departments, such as the degree to which it is sexist, but not in how they perceive strictly collegial aspects of climate. We also demonstrate that these patterns characterize the perceptions of men and women at both junior and senior ranks. Contrary to some past research, we also find that climate perceptions do not have a general effect on faculty research productivity. Further, perceptions of high departmental sexism by women scholars does not degrade their research productivity.

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