Preparing Educators as Leaders

Diversity-focused Research

Garden City Project, Jennifer C. Ng, Ph.D.

Academic Motherhood: Managing Work and Family, Lisa Wolf-Wendel, Ph.D. 

Suburban Advantage: Opportunity Hoarding and Secondary Attainment in the Postwar Metropolitan North, John Rury, Ph.D. & Argun Saatcioglu, Ph.D.

ACES: The development of a Reliable and Valid Instrument to Assess Faculty Support of Diversity Goals in the United States, Jennifer Ng, Ph.D., William Skorupski, Ph.D., Bruce Frey, Ph.D., & Lisa Wolf-Wendel, Ph.D.

Abstract: Diversity is an increasingly important value for institutions of higher education. Yet, few measures exist to assess whether college and university faculty share in this objective and how their beliefs relate to specific aspects of their work. In this study, we gathered data from a sample of faculty at one American research university to develop a valid and reliable instrument useful for exploring how commitments to diversity are reflected in teaching, research and service. The resulting instrument, ACES, assesses four factors: (a) Attitude towards diversity, (b) Career activities and professional norms, (c) Environment conducive to diversity, and (d) Social interactions with diverse groups. Evidence for the validity and reliability of the scores produced by ACES is presented. How this psychometrically-sound instrument might benefit higher education research and practice in the assessment of diversity related goals is also considered.

Witnesses to history: Children's views of race in the 2008 United States presidential election, Meagan Patterson, Ph.D.

Abstract: Studies children’s attitudes about social groups and how these attitudes intersect with the development of personal identity. She examined children’s perceptions of race and racial bias in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. The study found the children were aware that Obama would be the first African-American president, but had varying views on the significance of his race, whether it would affect his chances of being elected, and their own aspirations to become president. In the following video, she discusses the findings of this study as well as how KU has supported her research efforts.


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