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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2014009751
pages 257-278

CHARACTERISTICS AND CULTURE OF GEOSCIENCE DEPARTMENTS AS INTERPRETED FROM THEIR WEBSITE PHOTOGRAPHS

Julie Marie Sexton
Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 123, Greeley, Colorado 80639, USA
Suzanne O'Connell
Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, 265 Church St., Middletown, Connecticut 06459, USA
James H. Banning
School of Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80525-1588
David E. Most
School of Education, Colorado State University, 209 Education Building, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1588, USA

ABSTRACT

Geoscience department websites are a public representation of the department and discipline. This exploratory study investigated the characteristics and culture communicated about geoscience departments through their website photographs. Outdoor settings dominated in the website photographs. This may give the impression that geoscientists spend most of their time outdoors. Additionally, the outdoors may represent the most appealing aspect of geoscience work. Most people in the photographs were men. Women were more likely to be students than instructors/geoscientists; however, in both student and instructors/geoscientists roles women still were a minority compared to the percentage of men in those roles. Most people in the photographs were white. Thoughtful and deliberate design of the websites is needed to ensure that the websites offer a welcoming image to a diversity of people.


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