I think the matter should be brought to the attention of the
chairperson; once there is an official record of the incident,
unfair treatment in subsequent coursework may be dealt with in light
of official records. Such a person should not be allowed to go on
with that attitude. The undergraduate student may experience some
flak from the offending prof and others, but it sounds as if she has
strong convictions. It will be worth it to call attention to the
prof's attitude and it may even bring about changes in the behaviour
Good luck, DAWN
P.S. Each wave of first year students that deals with a certain
prof at my old University approaches the Dean and writes official
compliaints about the man's behaviour (sexist, unfair to males and
females, arbitrary marking,...). As far as I know he is still
teaching there and holds tenure. Does tenure cause problems like
this to be essentially insoluble???
In article <Pine.A220.127.116.110308080647.39130B-100000 at indus.unm.edu> lkista at UNM.EDU (Linnea Ista) writes:
>>I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on how to handle the following:
>>One of the undergrads working in the lab came to me yesterday evening
>with a problem. She and another woman student had asked a professor a
>question concerning the direction of a project for a class they are in.
>The professor was very sarcastic, as he is to everyone, grudgingly
>answered their question and then followed it up with "When will these
>women engineers ever learn to..." and then mumbled something incoherent
>when he looked up and realized that they were still there.
>>The student, who for the record is extremely bright and motivated, was
>quite upset about this and unsure what to do. This happened in a student
>study lounge and many others heard it. The general concensus among the
>students' class mates was that "Oh that's just the way Dr. X is; just
>blow it off". She ( and I) disagreed and said that no one should have to
>put up with this and that it was just plain unprofessional.
>>My first advice was to tell the department chair, who is extremely
>approachable and supportive. Or maybe to talk to our mutual boss.
>>The problem is that this young woman is a junior and will have to have at
>least 3 more classes from the offending professor. Also he is a fairly
>intimidating figure both physically and with the amount of power he has
>within the department. This is also not the first time he has done
>something like this. He once remarked about a grad student that she
>"expected smooth sailing just because she is a Hispanic female with good
>>I promised her that I would write to you all and ask what you think. I
>am also encouraging her to join a news group for women in science and/or
>engineering. I will give her the address for the web site so she can
>check it out herself.
>>Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer. She is quite upset by
>the whole thing (and rightly so!)