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Faculty of Color: Teaching in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities

ISBN: 978-0-470-62313-8
396 pages
June 2006, Jossey-Bass
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Combining an overview of current research literature and 23 engaging narratives, Faculty of Color invites deeper dialogue on the experiences of faculty of color teaching in predominantly white institutions. By raising issues for commentary and investigation, the book challenges its readers to adopt effective strategies for the recruitment and retention of faculty of color in higher education. 

The authors represent a variety of disciplines and share firsthand experiences that range from teaching, recruitment, research, mentoring, institutional climate, and administration, to relationships with colleagues as well as students. Through their stories, they are able to offer useful insights into

  • Teaching styles and how they affect promotion decisions
  • The impact of mentoring relationships
  • Collegiality in the campus and university setting
  • Separating self-identity from group membership
  • Managing service activities
  • Understanding and dealing with racism

Faculty of Color is intended for senior administrators and policymakers, faculty development professionals, current faculty, and future faculty of color who are contemplating academia. Each chapter offers a variety of recommendations designed to guide predominantly white colleges and universities in working to ensure that their institutions continue to change in substantive ways.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors.



1 An Overview of the Literature (Christine A. Stanley).

2 Succeeding in the Face of Doubt (Stephanie G. Adams).

3 Do I Have to Be Black or Brown to Count? An Appeal for Broad Appreciation and Understanding of Diversity (Karla Anhalt).

4 Free to Be the Me You See: Discovering the Joy of Teaching (K. Denise Bane).

5 “Are You Here to Move the Piano?” A Latino Reflects on Twenty Years in the Academy (James F. Bonilla).

6 The Temple of My Unfamiliar (Fred A. Bonner, II).

7 Racism Will Not Go Away and Neither Will We: Two Scholars of Color Examine Multicultural Education Courses (Bryan Brayboy, Maria C. Estrada).

8 In Search of Community: The Challenges and Successes of an Isolated Engineer (Karen Butler-Purry).

9 Solitary Sojourn: An American Indian Faculty Member’s Journey in Academe (Karen Sunday Cockrell).

10 Putting the Color in Colorado: On Being Black and Teaching Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado–Boulder (Adrian Gaskins).

11 Living, Breathing, Teaching Sociology: Using the Micro to Illuminate the Macro (Sarah N. Gatson).

12 Can a Brotha’ Get a Break? Teaching on a Majority White Research University Campus (Jeffrey J. Guidry).

13 Just Because I Choose to Be Me (Reem Haj-Ali).

14 Anatomy of "Difference:: The Meaning of Diversity and the Diversity of Meaning (Rashmi Jaipal).

15 Color in the Interstice, or, What Color, This Faculty of Color? (Leswin Laubscher).

16 Reflections From a Minority Faculty in a Majority Institution (Cheryl B. Leggon).

17 Tenure on My Terms (Antoinette Halsell Miranda).

18 Teaching and Researching “The Politics of Race” in a Majority White Institution (Byron D’Andra Orey).

19 Negotiating Identity and Learning From a Native Pacific Perspective: Contradictions of Higher Learning in Cultural Diversity Classes (Michael P. Perez).

20 Learning to Play the Game (Anthony D. Ross).

21 I’m Just a Black Woman Troubling the Status Quo (Shari Saunders).

22 Challenging Racial Battle Fatigue on Historically White Campuses: A Critical Race Examination of Race-Related Stress (William A. Smith, Tara J. Yosso, Daniel G. Solórzano).

23 Walking Between Two Cultures: The Often Misunderstood Jamaican Woman (Christine A. Stanley).

24 Institutional Barriers and Myths to Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color: An Administrator’s Perspective (Christine Yoshinaga-Itano).

25 Summary and Key Recommendations for the Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color (Christine A. Stanley).

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Author Information

CHRISTINE A. STANLEY is associate dean of faculties and associate professor of higher education administration at Texas A&M University. She is past president (2000-2001) and former chair of diversity commission (1994-1998) of the professional and Organizational Development network in Higher Education (POD Network), the North American organization dedicated to faculty, instructional, and organizational development issues.
A native of Jamaica, West Indies, she holds a B.S. in biology, cum laude (Prairie View A&M University), M.S. in zoology (Texas A&M University), and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with emphasis on college teaching (Texas A&M University). A biologist, teacher, consultant, and faculty developer, she has taught courses on college teaching, professional development, and diversity and social justice in higher education. She is a consultant to many colleges and universities on faculty development and multicultural faculty and TA development initiatives in higher education. She has contributed numerous faculty development-based and peer reviewed articles to outlets such as Qualitative Inquiry, Change, Journal on Excellence in College teaching, Innovative Higher Education, Journal of Faculty Development, and To Improve the Academy; Resources for faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development. She is coeditor (with M. Erin Porter) of Engaging Large Classes (Anker, 2002).
Her professional experience includes serving as a proposal reviewer and moderator for the National Science Foundation Teacher Preparation Enhancement Program. She is the 2000-2001 recipient of the Texas A&M University College of Education Development Council’s Outstanding New Faculty Award and the 2004 recipient of the POD Network Robert Pierleoni Spirit Award for her contributions to the organization and the field of faculty development.
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