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Faculty Identities and the Challenge of Diversity
Reflections on Teaching in Higher Education

ISBN 9781612051147
Published February 28, 2013 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book focuses on understanding the experiences of faculty members of various races/ethnicities and genders and their classroom encounters with students in the United States. It illustrates some of the dynamics for faculty members facing the challenges and opportunities the diversity presents.

Table of Contents

Part I: Background and Contexts 1. The State of Research with Faculty Identities in Higher Educational Classrooms and Institutional Contexts 2. Issues of Research Design and Reflexivity 3. A Schematic for Analyzing Conflict in the University Classroom Part II: Difference and Diversity in Classroom Interactions 4. How Race and Gender Shape Perceived Challenges to Classroom Authority and Expertise 5. Identity, Power, and Conflict: Pedagogical Strategies for Successful Classroom Peer Dynamics 6. Responding to “Hot Button Issues”: Pedagogical Approaches to Racial Conflict in the Classroom Part III: Examinations of the Role of Identity 7. Racial Practices in the Classroom: White Faculty’s Pedagogical Enactments That Reproduce and/or Transform White Dominance 8. Race, Gender, and Bodily (Mis)Recognitions: Women of Color Faculty Experiences with White Students 9. Putting Their Bodies Off the Line: The Response of Men Faculty of Color to Classroom-Based Conflict Part IV: Larger Contexts . . . and Change 10. “Why Don’t You Get Somebody New to Do It?”: Race, Gender, and Identity Taxation in the Academy 11. Advocates for Diversity . . . Or Not: Faculty Members as Change-Agents? 12. Challenge, Advocacy, and Change

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Mark Chesler is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. He is the author most recently of Challenging Racism in the University (with Amanda Lewis and James Crowfoot). Alford A. Young Jr. is Professor of Sociology and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. His most recent book is The Minds of Marginalized Black Men: Making Sense of Mobility, Opportunity, and Future Life Chances.


“[This book] will benefit faculty and administrators seeking to better understand, promote, and implements solutions regarding various diversities in university contexts.”
—Reflective Teaching