Walking the Walk: Student Expectations of Faculty in the Classroom


  • Sylvia L.M. Martinez University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Nancy Hernandez University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Grant Clayton University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Sarah Elsey University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Helen Lahrman University of Colorado-Colorado Springs


Teaching, Diversity, Survey Research


The purpose of this study is to explore student responses to a 2011 Student Inclusiveness Survey (SIS) and to examine students’ concerns about their classroom experiences, particularly the role of faculty in campus diversity and inclusiveness efforts. A mixed method approach is used, employing descriptive statistics, OLS regression, and content analysis. Specifically, the SIS constructs that relate to faculty, the Self-Assessment of Diversity Learning Outcomes, the Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness, and students’ open-ended responses to campus inclusiveness prompts were analyzed. The findings suggest that students see faculty as important brokers in diversity and inclusiveness knowledge, and they appreciate and learn about these issues and concepts in the classroom. However, students expect faculty not only to teach about diversity and inclusiveness but also to live it in the classroom.

Author Biography

Sylvia L.M. Martinez, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Dr. Sylvia L.M. Martinez is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations in the College of Education at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Dr. Mendez is originally from Southern California; she received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washington State University, her Master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Colorado State University and her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Kansas. She teaches graduate courses in Foundations of Education, Educational Politics, and Research Methods and Statistics. Dr. Mendez’s research agenda centers on the mid-20th century Chicano(a) high school experience. Other research interests include historical and contemporary school inequalities, innovations in educational leadership, and higher education diversification.

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How to Cite

Martinez, S. L., Hernandez, N., Clayton, G., Elsey, S., & Lahrman, H. (2014). Walking the Walk: Student Expectations of Faculty in the Classroom. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 4(1). Retrieved from https://wpcjournal.com/article/view/11663