Assessing Student Preconceptions of Latinos and Women as Sport Management Faculty

By Sosa, Jason P.; Sagas, Michael | Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, February 2007 | Go to article overview

Assessing Student Preconceptions of Latinos and Women as Sport Management Faculty


Sosa, Jason P., Sagas, Michael, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport


Latinos and women have been able to increase their probabilities in achieving professional positions within various organizations. One profession in which Latinos and Women have traditionally found difficult to establish themselves is the professorate (Anderson & Smith, 2005). Literature suggests that Latinos and Women are underrepresented at the tenure track level of the professorate as they occupy adjunct or untenured positions (Benjamin, 1999). Undoubtedly, these findings are pertinent to all disciplines within academia. However, to a further extent, they may affect the sport management discipline. Furthermore, no literature has been dedicated to identifying student preconceptions of women and Latinos within the sport academy. As such, two separate studies were conducted assessing student preconceptions and potential biases among professors using self-categorization theory. Study 1 anticipated potential race discrimination toward Latino professors, while Study 2 projected potential gender discrimination toward female professors. An undergraduate introductory sport management class at a public university was sampled (N= 102). Ethnicities of the potential Assistant Professor candidates were implied by the professor's name on the vita, photo, and student ratings. To assess capability, student respondents were asked to rank their agreement on the professor's capabilities. A two-way repeated measures multivariate analysis was conducted with qualifications of professor and race of professor as the independent variables and capability as the dependent variable. …

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