International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 334

Full Length Research Paper

A comparison of faculty members’ and students’ definitions of political bias in the classroom

Craig Tollini
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. Illinois.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 March 2010
  •  Published: 31 May 2010



The author conducted an online survey of students and faculty members at a medium-sized, Midwestern, public university to determine whether or not members of both groups would label a professor or instructor as politically biased if he or she engaged in specific behaviors. Overall, the results indicated that students and faculty members define bias similarly, though there are some noteworthy differences.


Key words: Academic bias, college students, faculty members, perceptions.