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Analysis Finds Physics Professors the Least Likely to List Their Personal Pronouns

Analysis Finds Physics Professors the Least Likely to List Their Personal Pronouns

“Women’s studies had the highest use of pronouns by department”

This is a fascinating finding. What is the reason? What is it about physics specifically that makes the difference?

The College Fix reports:

Physics professors least likely to list pronouns in university webpages: report

The practice of listing personal pronouns on one’s professional webpage varies by university and program, with women’s studies professors most likely to list pronouns and physics professors least likely, according to an analysis by journalist Chris Brunet.

Brunet retrieved data from 16 departments at the “top” 100 American universities (identified by QS World University Rankings) to determine the prevalence, by school and department, of faculty listing personal pronouns such as “she/her/hers” or “they/theirs/them” for the 2022-23 academic year.

His analysis included a scan of the department page for each tenured and tenure-track professor in the department.

Seventy-seven percent of the schools surveyed had “no faculty whatsoever” who listed pronouns.

Pronoun listing was most prevalent at Brandeis University, where 12 percent of faculty listed pronouns. Other top universities with a high percentage of pronoun listings included University of California Santa Cruz and Harvard University, according to the analysis.

University of Iowa and University of Pennsylvania had no faculty pages with pronouns listed.

Women’s studies had the highest use of pronouns by department, with biology and computer science closely following.

Physics was the only department surveyed with no faculty pages listing pronouns, according to the analysis.

Other departments with low pronoun usage included chemistry (99 percent did not list pronouns) and music (99 percent unlisted).

Brunet did not respond to three messages sent to his Twitter account in the past month that asked for further comment.

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henrybowman | September 23, 2022 at 9:06 pm

“music (99 percent unlisted).”

OK… thank you, Mike, for my surprise of the day!

What kind of BS crap reporting is this?

“Seventy-seven percent of the schools surveyed had “no faculty whatsoever” who listed pronouns.”

The message here isn’t that Physics Professors are the least likely to list their pronouns …

It’s that regardless of their field of study … 77% of faculty don’t list their pronouns.

If Brandeis is the extreme at 12% and 77% of schools have zero, then interpolating suggests that less than 3% of faculty at have pronouns.

I declined to share my credit card info for a “free trial” – so the actual analysis may have a more definitive number.

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