What Influences the Experience of Lesbian and Gay Faculty?

By Raine Dozier.

Published by Organizational Cultures: An International Journal

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Interviews with lesbian and gay faculty illustrate the influence of interpersonal interactions and institutional policy on their perceptions of the workplace climate. Participants were particularly influenced by interactions in their department including experience with prejudicial comments, the valuation of LGBT-related cultures and scholarship, and the level of social inclusion. Job satisfaction was influenced at the institutional level chiefly through the institutional stance on LGBT-related issues and explicit inclusion in policies and procedures. While departmental interactions most influenced the job satisfaction of lesbian and gay faculty, influencing individual behavior is particularly challenging in the work setting. This study suggests that institutional signaling including crafting LGBT-inclusive policies and taking public stances on relevant issues could foster an inclusive climate, potentially "trickling down" to influence departmental and interpersonal interaction.

Keywords: Campus Climate, Sexual Orientation, Lesbian and Gay Faculty

Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, Volume 15, Issue 3, October 2015, pp.15-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: October 8, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 465.114KB)).

Dr. Raine Dozier

Associate Professor, Department of Human Services & Rehabilitation, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, USA