ERIC Number: ED261616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Dynamics of Interracial Relationships Involving White Faculty in Black Colleges: Review, Systematization, and Directives.
Smith, Susan L.; Borgstedt, Kaye W.
Factors that affect interracial relationships of white faculty at predominantly black colleges are considered. Based on theoretical writings and research, five dynamics influencing black-white interaction are identified: prejudice and stereotyping, dominance by whites, racial role-playing, social acceptance/social distance, and value differences. Factors at the individual, small group, college, and community levels that influence white faculty members' adjustment within the black college are also addressed. Stereotyped perceptions of white faculty at black colleges as academic rejects who are there for a paycheck or as paternalistic "know it alls" can impede effective interpersonal functioning. The social environment of black colleges, where blacks rather than whites are dominant, can lead to ambiguities and subtle conflicts between the two races. The phenomenon of racial role-playing refers to pretense and a lack of sincerity in relating to those of another race. Some research has concluded that black students distance themselves more from white instructors than black instructors. Value-related concerns include the influence of social class, differing perspectives on race consciousness, and value conflicts that may be experienced by white faculty when grading black students. (SW)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Blacks, College Faculty, Culture Conflict, Ethnic Stereotypes, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Interprofessional Relationship, Peer Relationship, Power Structure, Racial Bias, Racial Relations, Role Playing, Social Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Values, Whites
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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