ERIC Number: ED440076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Faculty of Color in Teacher Education: A Multicultural Approach to Mentoring for Retention, 2000 and Beyond.
Rodriguez, Yvonne E.; Sjostrom, Barbara R.
The challenge to teacher education created by today's changing demographics involves excellence and equity. The present hostile climate at colleges and universities for faculty of color requires a creative readjustment of the tenure and promotion process. A discussion for preparing, mentoring, and retraining future teacher educators of color using a multicultural approach is controversial. It must include the process of becoming an academic and a teacher educator. This process is assimilationist, with a preconfigured role for moving through the ranks from tenure-track to tenure to promotion. There is a historical disregard for racial and ethnic context. The discussion of diversity requires people to revisit questions about the skills and sensitivities needed for constructive relations among diverse people. Teacher education must address racial and ethnic diversity via recruitment and mentoring of faculty of color who serve as role models and provide greater variance in knowledge and skills for those who will teach. After explaining multicultural mentoring, the paper discusses: matching multicultural characteristics; free choice mentoring; institutional climate for multicultural mentoring; values and goals impact; operational theories; existing mentoring models; strategies for mentoring for diversity; strategies for mentors; traditional faculty evaluation; and implications for teacher education. (Contains 38 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (52nd, Chicago, IL, February 26-29, 2000).