ERIC Number: ED414826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-1
Reference Count: N/A
Transculturation of Faculty at a Minority Institution.
Raines, Rosario Torres; Albro, Ward S. III
This report describes a three-year faculty development program that successfully transculturated approximately one-third of the faculty and professional staff at Texas A&I University, a state institution in which over 50 percent of the student body is Mexican American. Transculturation entails a change process that focuses on changing the institution to fit the culture and language of the student majority. The program at Texas A&I consisted of (1) three-hour weekly seminars on the history and culture of Mexican Americans, presented by Mexican American scholars; (2) annual symposia featuring lectures, workshops, and participant panels, that were intended to make all students, the campus, and regional area educators aware of the transculturation program; and (3) a three-week language and culture immersion experience held in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which included lectures on Mexican culture and society and Spanish language instruction, and where 20 participants lived with Mexican families. The 20 participants consisted of 10 freshmen faculty members, representing all the colleges within the university, were selected by their college deans to attend each semester. Detailed discussions of the project, its purpose, background and origins, and results are included. Appended materials include: course syllabi and calendars, symposia programs; copies of pre- and post-tests; seminar evaluation forms; and the course of study for the immersion program in Mexico. (JLS)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Exchange, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Relevance, Curriculum Development, Ethnic Groups, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Hispanic American Culture, Hispanic Americans, Intercultural Programs, Interpersonal Communication, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Second Language Learning
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and I Univ., Kingsville.