BATON ROUGE – LSU School of Education Assistant Professor Kenny Fasching-Varner recently published his second book “Working through Whiteness: Examining White Racial Identity and Profession with Pre-Service Teachers.”
This book explores pre-service teachers’ narratives as a means of better understanding racial identity and the way teachers enter the profession. In addition to examining his own experiences, Fasching-Varner analyzes nine pre-service teachers’ viewpoints on the nature of white racial identity. These data provide a better understanding of not only how race is communicated, but how teacher educators might better prepare pre-service teachers for the realities of their work.
“What we learn is that race is a part of all of our lives, that race is endemic to the U.S. landscape, and that gaps have persisted over time between white and non-white students,” said Fasching-Varner. “Consequently all educators – pre-service, in-service, teacher educators – have an obligation to be thoughtful about how race impacts our work and what experiences we have with race that may often times be subtly communicated in our narratives.”
“Working through Whiteness” can be found at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing and Amazon.com.
Varner earned a doctorate in language, literacy and culture from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University in 2009 with expertise in critical race theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, and multiculturalism. He earned a Master of Science in literacy in 2003 from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y., and a bachelor’s degree in elementary and inclusive education with a concentration in Spanish in 2001 from Niagra University, Lewiston, N.Y. His first book, “Occupying the Academy: Just How Important is Diversity Work in Higher Education,” was released on Aug. 16 of this year.
The LSU School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling. These programs prepare PK-12 education professionals to become reflective practitioners, effective professionals, and inquiring pedagogues.
The School of Education is one of six schools realigned to form the new LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, joining the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School.