The Meaning of Diversity Among the Professorate—A Literature Review

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The Meaning of Diversity Among the Professorate—A Literature Review Different aspects of diversity in higher education are an ongoing topic of debate. In order for us to address the issue of diversity, we need to understand what diversity means. This paper reviews a study used at the University of Florida to assess their faculty’s meaning of diversity. It also looked at the faculty’s openness to diversity and the effect diversity has had on them. Researchers at Weber State University could use this, or a similar study, to gain an understanding of what diversity means to faculty at Weber State, as well as diversity’s impact. Literature Review Hon, Weigold, & Chance (1999) conducted a study in an attempt to answer two questions: what diversity meant to faculty and how they can open diversity as a topic for discussion that is empowering to everyone. Those questions gave them a starting point for the purpose of their study. This was, to define diversity and promote an open dialogue about diversity issues. They put together a research group, which was itself diverse, and got to...

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