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Student Perception of Academic Bias Presentation Oct. 10 at Malpass Library

October 4, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Department of Sociology and Anthropology Associate Professor Craig Tollini will present, "Academic Bias" at noon Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, room 180.

Tollini's talk will address the question: To what degree do students believe their professors' biases (real or imagined) affect them? During the presentation, Tollini will discuss results of an online survey that focused on the extent to which WIU undergraduate and graduate students believed academic bias impacted them individually.

"This is a topic that has been neglected in previous literature on academic bias, even though a core assumption in the academic and popular literature on academic bias is it has a negative impact on students. As a result, this study provides (albeit limited and preliminary) data that helps to fill a gap in the literature," Tollini explained.

Tollini's talk is sponsored by the Western Illinois University Libraries.

For more information, contact Tollini at (309) 298-1265 or via email at

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