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Information on gender bias and homosocial co-optation

In appointment procedures, there are in particular two phenomena which can influence the decision about candidates in a gender-relevant way: gender bias and homosocial co-optation. Against this background, actors in appointment procedures also have the responsibility to check their personal decision-making behavior and that of the appointment committee to see whether the candidates have been assessed in a gender-sensitive way and whether the best have been found for the appointment list.

In the general use of English language, a bias is regarded as a distorted perception, a prejudice. Gender bias thus describes distortions in perception or biases against women or men on the basis of their gender. In appointment procedures, gender bias can have a positive or negative impact on the evaluation or review of performance. Effective role models and stereotypes, in combination with gender, usually have a subconscious effect on a judgment. Studies on the topic of performance evaluation and gender have shown, for example, that in an experimental set-up representations of female figures were perceived to be smaller than representations of male figures, although all figures in identical surroundings were of the same size. Another study showed that identical curriculum vitae (CV) or resumes were evaluated differently by test subjects depending on whether they were submitted under a male or female name. Significantly more subjects of both genders rated the performance of the men as better and developed the tendency to rather hire the man than the woman, despite identical resumes. (Landeskonferenz der Gleichstellungsbeauftragten, LaKoG, 2011:18ff)

Another mechanism that has a gender-specific effect is so-called homosocial co-optation. Homosocial co-optation refers to the tendency to include primarily those members in an existing network who are considered to be "socially similar." Social similarity can be given or sought in many ways. In addition to characteristics such as social milieu, ethnicity or even scientific community, gender is a relevant criterion. The fact that personnel decisions are influenced by social similarities does not presuppose a strategic decision to specifically exclude women. Rather, the structural dominance of men in organizations combined with the (often subconscious) practice of homosocial co-optation, which is neither limited to organizations nor to men but follows a general pattern of social proximity, leads to the persistence of a male-dominated structure. (Wissenschaftsrat 2007:23ff)

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

More detailed information can be found at the page campus-maps.

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