Title

Emotion, Gender, and College Professors: Do Angry Professors Make the Grade?

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2009

Advisor

Laura Sinville, Psychology

Abstract

Previous research suggests that when people in positions of leadership, especially women, violate gender stereotypes they are harshly punished. According to gender proscriptions, it is undesirable for women, but not men, to show anger. Student participants were given a brief sample of a hypothetical professor's tenure file which included a student course evaluation in which researchers manipulated the hypothetical professor's gender and reaction to a potentially angering event. Participants were expected to rate the hypothetical professors differently based on anger expression and gender. Results showed a significant main effect for anger, with participants awarding the highest ratings to the "angry" professor.

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