Dating a professor in graduate school
The country’s premier business training ground was trying to solve a seemingly intractable problem.Year after year, women who had arrived with the same test scores and grades as men fell behind.“We have to lead the way, and then lead the world in doing it,” said Frances Frei, her words suggesting the school’s sense of mission but also its self-regard. Frei, a popular professor turned administrator who had become a target of student ire, was known for the word “unapologetic,” as in: we are unapologetic about the changes we are making.By graduation, the school had become a markedly better place for female students, according to interviews with more than 70 professors, administrators and students, who cited more women participating in class, record numbers of women winning academic awards and a much-improved environment, down to the male students drifting through the cafeteria wearing T-shirts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the admission of women.
Some male students, many with finance backgrounds, commandeered classroom discussions and hazed female students and younger faculty members, and openly ruminated on whom they would “kill, sleep with or marry” (in cruder terms). “You weren’t supposed to talk about it in open company,” said Kathleen L.
The dean’s ambitions extended far beyond campus, to what Dr.
Faust called in an interview an “obligation to articulate values.” The school saw itself as the standard-bearer for American business.
The grade gap had vaporized so fast that no one could quite say how it had happened.
The interventions had prompted some students to revolt, wearing “Unapologetic” T-shirts to lacerate Ms.Mc Ginn, a professor who supervised a student study that revealed the grade gap.