A male sociology professor at Cedar Crest College, a Pennsylvania woman’s college, is claiming discrimination against males is blocking his advancement.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court, (Andrew) Ziner claims his salary is less than female faculty members who perform similar work and have similar titles and qualifications.
Ziner also claims that the campus has a secret all-female faculty club called the Grumpies. A former member of the group has described it as a collection of ”male-bashing” instructors, according to his suit.
College officials say the Grumpies is an informal group and that it’s not a secret organization. It is all-female; 38 percent of the faculty is male.
A woman who says she taught at the college e-mailed me with the link. She says Cedar Crest is a hostile environment for everyone, but especially for male professors. She now teaches elsewhere, but doesn’t want to be identified.
Update: A former student of Ziner’s and a staffer at a neighboring college e-mailed me to say that his sexism suit has no merit. The staffer, who I knew in a previous incarnation, writes:
The Grumpies are a variable group of women faculty, all ages and ranks, who mostly get together to bitch about the current president of Cedar Crest. They are not secret, they are complete informal and out in the open, and they couldn’t cook up and implement a conspiracy if their lives depended on it — not that any of them would want to.
Both say Ziner’s tenure was delayed because of legitimate complaints about his arrogance and rudeness to students; he improved his social skills, temporarily, to get tenure.