Time for a makeover

This should be obvious, but nothing wrong with studying the obvious:

In a study examining the links between looks and college course ratings, two researchers at the University of Texas found classes conducted by attractive professors were more likely to win top marks from students… Hamermesh and Parker say the biggest question arising from their research is whether students are discriminating against less-attractive professors or whether they actually learn less from them.

This goes along with some work one of our grad students (Boris Hellman) has done regarding perceived status. If your students think you are rich, attractive, and well-dressed, they think you are a better teacher, and they learn more.

Clearly, the university needs to start paying for plastic surgery and aesthetic coaches. Heck, shouldn’t we be getting head-shots with our applicants for tenure track positions? Perhaps we should extend this to Ph.D. students as well: we need your transcripts, writing sample, grades, recs, and a short video demonstrating your beauty and grace.

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  1. Posted 7/28/2003 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Hey, it worked for Elle Woods.

  2. Posted 7/29/2003 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I thought the adaptation of sweater vests, bowties and corduroy were sufficient enough to hold students attention. Of course hawaiian shirts too ;)

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  1. By Eat Your Vegetables on 8/1/2003 at 1:20 pm

    Forget Classroom Prep, Hit the Gym!
    Two researchers from the University of Texas recently completed a study that led them to conclude that the better looking the professor is, the better job they do of teaching. At least that’s what the students say. Hamermesh and Parker

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