This talk is about the experiences of faculty of color who teach online. Interviews were conducted with 22 instructors across institution types and professional titles. Several themes have emerged from the preliminary analysis. These include: Saliency of race/ethnicity online, Student characteristics/Course climate, Faculty agency, Course evaluations, Mentoring/Support/Professional Development, Isolation/Marginalization (courses and individuals), Community of Practice, Promotion & Tenure. The early findings illustrate the diversity of experiences among these individuals and confirm that “faculty of color” is not a homogenous group. Several individuals shared challenges and rewards that arose in teaching courses that dealt specifically with content related to race, ethnicity, class and social justice. Other instructors commented that they believed that race was not a factor at all in their online courses regardless of the subject matter. Still others expressed concerns about student evaluations and the impact of negative student ratings could have on their retention, promotion and tenure.
4:00 pmRuth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences and American Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York Cultures of Law in a Global Context Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum; 600 S. Gregory Street; Urbana IL