Professorship: not for female computer scientists. Exploring gender equality in an academic workplace
- Date: Thursday 27 February 2014, 12:00 – 13:00
- Location: Beech Grove House
- Cost: Free
Taria Tiainen focuses the gender bias in one university and its computer science staff.
The Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE) presents:
Professorship: not for female computer scientists. Exploring gender equality in an academic workplace.
Finland is a country which highlights equality, especially in education. This has lead to situation that over half of university students are female. Computer science is one of the exceptions; just 25-30 % of students are female, also the portion of female doctoral students is the same. In Finland, the professors of computer science are mostly male; only 7 % of them are female.
I focus the gender bias in one university and its computer science staff. The top of academic career for female PhDs is becoming a lecturer. The female lecturers teach a lot and also publish higher numbers than male lecturers. This presentation opens discussion of explanations for gender bias. One of them is gendered images of science and technology; another is gendered practices in promoting people.
Speaker: Taria Tiainen (University of Tampere, Finland)
My back ground is in information systems and computer sciences. Besides of SIS I’ve worked also in WRC (Work Research Centre) at 1997-2002. There I worked with sociologists who focused on gender perspective at work places. I’ve studied information system professionalism from gender perspective, e-Business from consumer perspective (e.g. e-Trust), and the use of virtual environment into product design.
I teach principles on information systems development (for 1. year students) and qualitative research methods (for 4. year students). Furthermore, I supervise BSc, MSc, and doctoral dissertations. I am a board member of our school. Now we are redeveloping the study programs.