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Interrogating Whiteness and Relinquishing Power

White Faculty’s Commitment to Racial Consciousness in STEM Classrooms


Edited By Nicole M. Joseph, Chayla Haynes and Floyd Cobb

Interrogating Whiteness and Relinquishing Power: White Faculty’s Commitment to Racial Consciousness in STEM Classrooms is a collection of narratives that will transform the teaching of any faculty member who teaches in the STEM system. The book links issues of inclusion to teacher excellence at all grade levels by illuminating the critical influence that racial consciousness has on the behaviors of White faculty in the classroom. It functions as an analytical tool, scaffolding exemplary examples to inspire readers to engage in the complex and difficult work of assessing their own racial consciousness and teacher effectiveness. White pre-service teachers in STEM education rarely see the importance of the link between race and the teaching and learning of mathematics, in part because the White faculty who are teaching these subjects rarely engage in the study of racial projects in STEM. From this perspective, the authors of this book contend that the classroom is a racialized environment that, if not addressed, can reproduce racial structures and hierarchies in cyclical ways.
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Emily Bonner is an associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research, teaching, and service center on equity in mathematics education. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and works with several local, high-need school districts on increasing student access to mathematics.

Richard Charles is currently serving as the director of the Office of STEM Education in Cherry Creek Schools. He holds BA, MS, and PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics. His passions include transforming the teaching of mathematics to include real-world applications through mathematical modeling in K–12.

Robin DiAngelo is an associate professor of education. Her scholarship is in critical Whiteness studies. She is also a workplace consultant on racial justice. Her second book is titled What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy (Peter Lang, 2012).

Roni Ellington is an associate professor of mathematics education and serves as the coordinator of the Graduate Program in Mathematics and Science Education at Morgan State University. She has authored several scholarly articles in mathematics and interdisciplinary STEM education and the social cultural factors that impact African American student success in mathematics and STEM disciplines. Her research has been featured in The Negro Educational Review, Equity and Quality in Mathematics Education, and The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning.

Frederick Erickson is the inaugural G. F. Kneller Professor of Anthropology and Education, emeritus, and professor of applied...

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