Date of Award
PhD Higher Education Leadership, Management, Policy
Education Leadership, Management and Policy
Katie Smith, Ph.D.
Alexandra Freidus, Ph.D.
Joshua Wilkin, Ph.D.
LGBTQ, CATHOLIC HIGHER EDUCATION, FACULTY, STAFF, DIOCESAN
As the world continues to become more accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, is this experience similar on a diocesan Catholic campus in the United States? A diocesan Catholic institution is often referred to as an arm of the Catholic Church, often holding a view against same sex marriage and the LGBTQ community. However, the tide may be changing, with a more accepting Catholic church on the horizon. Dillon’s theory (2011) explains how sexual identity manifests itself and identifies it as a global process. In Dillon’s theory, there are two factors to individual identity development: social and individual experiences, with a focus on group membership and being part of a community. Thus, working at a religiously affiliated institution may be a barrier to identity development. The findings of this study are broken down into three themes: LGBTQ faculty and staff experience at a diocesan Catholic higher education institution, Catholic mission and values impacting diversity and inclusion, and lack of visibility, resources, and support for LGBTQ faculty and staff. These findings illustrate the experience of LGBTQ faculty and staff at a diocesan Catholic university in the United States.
Fabbi, Mark, "The Experiences of LGBTQ Faculty and Staff at a Diocesan Catholic University" (2021). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2945.