Faculty Diversity and Program Standing In Criminology and Criminal Justice: Findings For 31 Doctoral Programs In 2008
Ashby's Law of Requisite Variety states that variance prepares systems for daily activities and unforeseeable events, suggesting that academic departments comprising faculty from multiple institutions and disciplines would better adapt to ever-changing environments. This study outlines the disciplinary heritage of full-time tenure-stream faculty (N = 495) within criminology and criminal justice doctoral programs (N = 31), then examines the degree to which those programs adhere to Ashby's principle. The study ranks programs on both institutional and disciplinary variances, and how well the programs balance those competing interests. Findings revealed that programs were quite mixed on both variance measures but that variance rankings had little association with how peers rated programs for 2009, in that highly ranked programs appeared with similar frequencies at both the top and bottom of variance rankings. Thus, it appears national respect is not dependent on the variance of faculties with respect to institutional and disciplinary heritage. © 2009 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Journal of Criminal Justice Education
(2009). Faculty Diversity and Program Standing In Criminology and Criminal Justice: Findings For 31 Doctoral Programs In 2008. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 20(3), 249-271.
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