How We Got Here: The Role of Critical Mentoring and Social Justice Praxis

Essays in Honor of George W. Noblit


In 2018, 24% of first-time graduate school enrollments were members of minoritized populations, while attrition rates continue to signal a blocked pathway to doctoral degree and assistant professorship attainment. How We Got Here: The Role of Critical Mentoring and Social Justice Praxis. Essays in Honor of George W. Noblit is a collective effort of scholars of education to deploy critical mentoring and social justice praxis to disrupt this pattern of institutional failure. Critical mentoring rejects meritocratic discourses that deny the politicized, racialized, gendered, and ableist spaces of higher education. Social justice praxis centers the knowledge and struggle of doctoral students with multiple intersectional identities as interdisciplinary bodies of praxis. These positionings speak back to institutional -isms with the aim of broadening the participation of folx conventionally held in the margins of academia.

This volume is presented as a definitive collection that holistically honors nearly 40 years of critical mentoring and social justice praxis with George W. Noblit, which each contributor has carried into their own work.

Contributors are: Silvia Cristina Bettez, Heather Bower, Ashley S. Boyd, Mary Kay Delaney, Josh Diem, Deborah Eaker-Rich, Courtney George, Beth Hatt, Sherick Hughes, Rhonda Jeffries, Michael E. Jennings, Alison LaGarry, Monica McKinney, Jason Mendez, Hillary Parkhouse, Summer Melody Pennell, Marta Sanchéz, M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Amy Senta, Amy Swain, and Luis Urrieta, Jr.

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Marta Sánchez, Ph.D. (2012), UNC Chapel Hill, is UNCW faculty and faculty affiliate at the Cook Center on Social Equity. She authored Fathering within and beyond the Failures of the State with Imagination, Work, and Love: The Case of the Mexican Father (Sense, 2017).
M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Ph.D. (2012), UNC Chapel Hill, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at University of Washington Tacoma. She is the author of We Can Speak for Ourselves (Sense, 2016) and co-editor of the Lauryn Hill Reader (Peter Lang, 2019).
Notes on Contributors

1 Bridges
Rhonda Jeffries
2 Toward Equity Literate Advising: A Hopeful Black Man Attempts to Name Noblit’s Approach
Sherick Hughes
3 The Story of a White Female Baby Boomer: Forgotten and Neglected Lessons on Gender Equity in the Academy
Deborah Eaker-Rich
4 George: Our Cultural Broker into the Figured World of Academia
Beth Hatt and Luis Urrieta Jr.
5 How George Noblit Helped Me Decide to Become an Educator, Not Just a Faculty Member
Michael E. Jennings
6 On Doing Critical Mentoring
Mary Kay Delaney, Monica McKinney, Courtney George and Heather Bower
7 Mentoring Moves: A Found Poem within Eight Years of Advisee Noting
Amy Senta
8 9 o’Clock Bomba
Jason Mendez
9 “Talk to Me”: Dialogic Engagement as Pedagogy
Ashley S. Boyd, Alison LaGarry, Hillary Parkhouse and Summer Melody Pennell
10 Phone Calls with George
Amy Swain
11 My Story with George
Joshua Diem
12 Walking the Tightrope of Self-Care and Critical Mentoring: A Minoritized Scholar’s Reflexive Account
Silvia Cristina Bettez
All interested in critical mentoring of doctoral students from historically marginalized populations, and anyone concerned with working toward educational equity in higher education.