Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 1978


How can the use of minority faculty be more than visual tokenism for both minority and nonminority students? Is there a role for minority faculty in developing curriculum and in faculty development? In answer to these questions, this paper describes the use one faculty member has made to his Blackness as an essential dimension to the content and structure of the social work curriculum, and its impact on students' professional development. The attitudinal aspects of racism are explored in the context of the relationship of students and the Black instructor, resulting in the conceptualization of racism as a practice issue.


Reprinted from Journal of Education for Social Work, Volume 14, Issue 1, 1978, pages 16-22.

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minority faculty, social work curriculum, faculty development



Date Posted: 11 January 2007

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