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NCORE Webinar Series

Accepted to Assimilate: Implications for Racial Mismatch Between Education Ph.D. Students and Their Faculty    

Wednesday, March 3, 2021  |  LIVE 3:00-4:30 PM Central Time* 

(* 4:00-5:30 PM Eastern / 2:00-3:30 PM Mountain / 1:00-2:30 PM Pacific). Convert other time zones to Central Time here.

Free  |  Registration opens February 16, 2021


Important Details:

  • Registration will close at 4:30 PM Central Time the day before the webinar. Space is limited and may fill before this date.
  • Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the session.
  • All registrants will receive a recording approximately one week after the webinar.
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  • Live captions and sign language provided.

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Session Description:

Graduate schools of education enroll the highest percentage of Black, Latinx, and other racially minoritized students, yet their tenure-track and tenured faculties remain overwhelmingly white. While scholars have interrogated the implications of racial "mismatch" in K-12 classrooms as well as teacher education programs, few scholars have examined the implications of mismatch between doctoral students and tenure-line faculty in schools of education. Our presentation is framed by the notion that this gap in research (and subsequently, policy and practice) has equity-related consequences for the increasingly Black and Latinx doctoral cohorts matriculating in schools of education throughout the United States.

Guided by existing literature on racial mismatch in K-12 and undergraduate settings and our own positionalities as Black PhD students at a traditionally white institution, we will present a theoretical framework for scholarship questioning the ways in which racial/ethnic mismatch between programs' tenure-track and tenured faculty and their PhD students shape the racialized outcomes and experiences of the latter group. This framework is relevant to education administrators, faculty, and staff with roles that involve the hiring, retention, or promotion of racially minoritized faculty.


Isaiah Simmons
Sarah Toutant
James Bridgeforth
Jaymon Ortega
Kaylan Baxter