NCBI ROFL: Perceptions of a tattooed college instructor.

By ncbi rofl | February 22, 2011 7:00 pm

“128 undergraduates’ perceptions of tattoos on a model described as a college instructor were assessed. They viewed one of four photographs of a tattooed or nontattooed female model. Students rated her on nine teaching-related characteristics. Analyses indicated that the presence of tattoos was associated with some positive changes in ratings: students’ motivation, being imaginative about assignments, and how likely students were to recommend her as an instructor.”

Bonus figure:

"Color photocopies of four color photographs (21 cm width × 23 cm height) of a 29-yr.-old brunette woman were used (see Fig. 1). The model had either no tattoo, a tattoo of a cross, a tattoo of wire, or both the latter two tattoos... ... A large, visible, and nonfeminine tattoo was chosen in the expectation that these characteristics would be associated with larger effects on ratings."

Photo: ugliest tattoos

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  • Alicia

    Makes sense to me. I’m a junior in college with several tattoos myself and while I don’t dismiss a non-tattooed professor, I definitely have that automatic connection with a tattooed one–I know they won’t judge me negatively because of my tattoos. With non-tattooed professors, it sometimes takes a while for me to get fully comfortable with them on a one-on-one level (something my school encourages) because I’m not always sure if they’ll change their opinion of me based on my ink.

  • Deana

    Perhaps its just me, as a non-tattooed female (27) , but I’m not a fan of teachers with tattoos. Especially highly visible ones. Sure, students with tattoos would probably connect easier with said teacher, but the ones without? Or am I the only person who doesn’t have body ink- by choice??

  • Matt B.

    I love the phrase “the latter two tattoos”. As if there were any others mentioned.

    I have no tattoos either, Deana. Yay for you.

  • Sharon H

    Out of all the possible images in the world to choose for Photoshopped tattoos, they picked a cross and barbed wire, the two cheesiest, least imaginative tattoo choices possible besides a tribal tramp stamp or a butterfly? If these can lead someone to think of a person as more imaginative, my opinion of today’s college students is only further dampened. Sigh…

  • MS

    Sharon, I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    That said, I teach anthropology at a research university and I hide my own tattoo until later in the semester, when we discuss body modification. We discuss traditional tattooing and modern tattooing, among other things. I use my own tattoo as a way to challenge students’ perceptions on tattooing, teachers, symbolism, etc. It is an enjoyable lecture for me, especially since it is an exercise in which students can practice critical thinking.

  • Marten

    I agree these particular choices of tattoos are unimaginative. Anyone dedicated enough to become a professor probably has a passion for what they teach. Geeky on-topic tattoos (such as the equation tattoo pictured with the article) are a way to show and share that passion. I believe it is the passion the teacher has which not only motivates the students but also encourages them to share the passion for the subject.

    Bored teachers only ever inspired me to find different teachers.

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