#InVinoFab Podcast, Episode no. 18: Dr. @KMWMitchell on Gender Bias in Student Evaluations

Laura was introduced to Dr. Kristina Mitchell’s research at the last National University Technology Network (NUTN) conference (NUTN has now merged with WCET) back in 2017. Kristina’s study offered findings around Gender Bias in Student Evaluations from university instruction and was co-authored with Jonathan Martin. We were thrilled to have Kristina on the #InVinoFab Podcast, Episode no. 18 to share about her passion for political science, gender equity, international relations, and action films.

Dr. Kristina Mitchell is an Instructor of Political Science at Texas Tech University.  She received her B.A. from the University of North Texas (2006), her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas (2010; 2012). Her research interests include pedagogical technique, best practices in higher education, gender and diversity, and issues in international relations.Dr. Mitchell’s research has appeared in the Journal of World Trade, PS: Political Science & Politics, and the Journal of Political Science Education. She teaches undergraduate courses in research methods, game theory, public policy, international relations, and international political economy.

Kristina is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Political Science.  She also directs the online and regional site programs for the department, and conducts research on online educational delivery practices.  Dr. Mitchel is the Chair of the Texas Tech University Women in Political Science Organization, and serves on the university’s eLearning Council and Core Curriculum Committee. Learn more about Dr. Mitchell’s work and connect here:

The Chronicle article, No More Chili Pepper: RateMyProfessors Ditches ‘Hotness’ Ratings, Dr. Mitchell was quoted sharing part of her gender bias in teacher evaluations:

“What we noticed was that students were much more likely to comment on my appearance and my personality, and to call me a ‘teacher.’ They were a lot more likely to mention his competence or refer to him as a ‘professor.” ~ Dr. Kristina Mitchell

Kristina believes that the language used in these online ratings indicated that “we were evaluated on two different sets of criteria.” Comments about her personality or image or her body were being sexually objectified. Kristina said, “Students were looking at me not as a source of expertise on a topic, but either as a barrier to them not getting the grade they wanted because I’m too mean, or as a potential sexual conquest.” This was not a surprise based on her study of research and examination into how learners evaluate women and men differently at the university-level.

References and reads mentioned during our #InVinoFab pod conversation with Kristina:

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