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"Social Justice Education: Inviting Faculty to Transform Their Institutions"

Kathy Skubikowski & Catherine Wright, Center for Teaching, Learning and Research; Roman Graf, German Department

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This book, with chapters by Middlebury faculty Julia Alvarez, Priscilla Bremser, Roman Graf, Kamakshi Murti, Kathy Skubikowski, and Catharine Wright, and an “Afterword” by Middlebury student Zaheena Rasheed’12, addresses the combination of pedagogical, curricular, and institutional commitments necessary to create and sustain diversity on a liberal arts campus.  Its premise is that the socially just classroom flourishes in the context of a socially just institution, and it invites faculty and administrators to create such classrooms and institutions.  Recognizing that many faculty have little preparation for teaching students whose backgrounds, cultures, and educational socialization differ from theirs, the opening section offers faculty theoretical frameworks on power and positionality in the classroom by faculty authors well-known in the field: Maurianne Adams, Barbara Love, Lee Anne Bell, Vijay Prashad, and James Groccia.  Later chapters include reports by faculty from DePauw, Vassar, Middlebury, Lafayette, and Amherst Colleges on the materials, resources, and pedagogical approaches they employed in creating socially just classrooms on their campuses.