Date of Award

Spring 2018

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts




Ashley Kistler

Committee Member

Margaret McLaren

Committee Member

Shan-Estelle Brown


This thesis uses ethnographic methods to examine gendered experiences of faculty on college campuses, using Rollins College as a case study. Specifically, I consider how gendered biases, norms, and identities influence the development of one’s career and one’s experiences working in academia and higher education. I examine if experiences of male and female faculty vary, and to what these differences in experience can be attributed. Through my research, I argue that though academia is a often considered a liberal environment, there are nevertheless serious problems relating to gender inequity that plague the experience of faculty members, and the denial of such problems only reinforces existing issues. I discerned three major themes from my research regarding gender and its influence on faculty member experience: gender and faculty/student interactions; gender and the academic institution; and gender and compensation. Finally, I discuss how these unequal systems are maintained and give recommendations to implement radical change to alleviate these systemic inequalities.

Rights Holder

Zoe Mitchell

Included in

Anthropology Commons