October 10, 2012
Melton published “Prejudice Against Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Coaches: The
influence of race, religious fundamentalism, modern sexism and contact with
sexual minorities” in Sociology
of Sport Journal (September 2012). In this study with Professor George
B. Cunningham of Texas A&M University, the researchers surveyed parents of
children who participate in youth sport programs in Texas. Melton teaches in
the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program.
researchers examined the factors that influenced prejudice toward sexual
minority coaches and found significant differences among Asians, Latinos,
Whites, and African Americans.
“Our research provided insight into ways
to address and potentially reduce sexual prejudice,” said Melton.
received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and joined the College of Arts
and Sciences faculty this year. Her research and scholarship focus on diversity
and inclusion in athletics. She has published in prominent academic journals,
written book chapters, and presented at national conferences. Her research
includes examining the underrepresentation of various groups (e.g., women,
racial minorities, and sexual minorities) in sport and investigating the nature
of prejudice and discrimination, including how people respond to prejudicial
of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate
majors, 37 minors, and 7 master’s degrees, including the Master
of Sport Administration and Leadership.
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