Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Lorenzo D. Baber
This study examined the perceptions of white faculty teaching in rural community college in hopes of identifying how these faculty understand or appreciate the importance of diversity in their institution’s commitment and in their classroom. Case study methodology was used to examine the perceptions of six white faculty in one rural institution in the Midwest. Using White Racial Consciousness Model and Bronfenbrenner’s Ecology of Human Development Model as the theoretical underpinning, four themes emerging through the participants’ narratives gathered from the data collection and analysis: (1) Feeling Othered; (2) Operationalizing Diversity; (e) Historical and Hypothetical Privilege; and (4) Students as Teacher. Findings suggest there is no shared definition of diversity; however, there is general support of diversity with the exception of one participant who was an outlier. Recommendations are provided for developing an institutional diversity statement as well as other related policies and practices.
LaDrina Nicole Wilson
Wilson, LaDrina Nicole, "A qualitative study of rural community college white faculty (mis)understanding of diversity" (2018). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 16897.