ERIC Number: EJ819588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-24
Gadsden, Gloria Y.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n9 pB24 Oct 2008
In this article, the author shares her experience teaching in a predominantly white institution. As an African-American woman, she relates that some students have confronted her in class, typically with a great deal of hostility and a complete lack of respect. Others have gone to department chairs with a barrage of complaints in an attempt to undermine her authority and credibility in the classroom. Yet, universities' human-resource offices seldom have mechanisms in place to deal with a hostile work environment created by students. The author contends that if predominantly white institutions are serious about making their faculties more diverse, they need to think as much about retention as they do about hiring.
Descriptors: Work Environment, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Phenomenology, African American Teachers, Racial Discrimination
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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