ERIC Number: EJ1063423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
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IRSS Psychology Theory: Telling Experiences among Underrepresented IS Doctorates
Payton, Fay Cobb; White, Sharon D.; Mbarika, Victor W. A.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v4 n2 p191-213 Jul 2006
With the changing demographics of the American workforce, the National Science Foundation, along with the U.S. Department of Commerce, has highlighted the shortage of minorities in information technology (IT) careers (http://www.ta.doc.gov/Reports/itsw/itsw.pdf). Using data from a 6-year period and the psychology Involvement-Regimen-Self Management-Social (IRSS) network theory as defined by Boice (1992), we discuss lessons learned from mentoring a group of Information Systems doctoral students who are members of a pipeline that can potentially increase the number of underrepresented faculty in business schools and who made conscious decisions to renounce the IT corporate domain. While our lessons speak to the need for more diversity awareness, we conclude that effective mentoring for underrepresented groups can and should include faculty of color (though limited in numbers) as well as majority faculty who are receptive to the needs and cultural differences of these student groups. Lastly, we draw on the work of "Ethnic America" to provide additional insight into our findings that are not offered by IRSS network theory.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Computer Science Education, Information Systems, Minority Group Students, Disproportionate Representation, Theories, Mentors, College Faculty
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