The Ethics of Cultural Competence in Higher Education
Editors: Beverly A. Burnell, PhD
Heidi L. Schnackenberg, PhD

The Ethics of Cultural Competence in Higher Education

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: February 2015
Hardback Price: $129.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781926895505
Pages: 214pp
Binding Type: hardbound

“Drawing from the perspectives of numerous experts, this text provides something for everyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the what, how and why of cultural competence in our nation’s colleges and universities. . . . A useful and welcome addition to any higher education resource collection, and can be particularly helpful to teacher preparation faculty members. It examines the development of competence in both pre-service teachers as well as persons who will serve students enrolled in institutions of higher education. . . . Well written, well organized and clearly seeks to assist in the readers’ construction of meaning. If there is a genuine willingness to examine and improve the cultural competencies of those who work directly with students, or those who create policies that directly impact students, this book will prove to be an invaluable blueprint for addressing the racial, cultural, gender and ability differences that comprise institutions of higher- education in the 21st century.”
New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, August 2016, by Bridget Ingram, Ashland University, Ohio

“This edited book doesn’t disappoint. . . . All of the conversations within this book are invaluable to anyone seriously committed to a high quality and profound social justice effort. . . . I read this book like a kid in a candy store, hungry for a specific type of tasty treat while discovering other delicacies I had never previously considered. I highly encourage you, the reader, to take the time to read, consider, and ultimately act upon the lessons learned from The Ethics of Cultural Competency in Higher Education.”
—J. W. Wiley, PhD, Director, Center for Diversity, Pluralism, and Inclusion, SUNY Plattsburgh, New York (from the Foreword)

As college student populations and environments continually change, so must the practices of the professionals who work with them. This volume highlights some of the most recent practices and perspectives in ethics and cultural competence for all college and university personnel and includes the voices of both undergraduate and graduate students. Topics cover cultural competencies such as the use of language in communicating concepts to students for whom English is not a first language; avoiding bias and encouraging the consideration of different perspective; ethical practices for professionals working with the diverse environments; and more.

This volume is particularly important since becoming informed on the latest approaches and ideologies is an essential component of both professional preparation and continuing professional development of faculty, professionals, and administrators in higher education. Currently, education practitioners struggle with finding time for professional development and ways to inform themselves of the latest research. This volume will help education practitioners keep abreast of the most important recent research.

The book is of both research (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-design) and conceptual chapters about the ethical factors to be considered in teaching, administration, and professional practice in higher education settings. The book includes recent research-based ideas in the field of higher education. The new and recent research-based ideas presented here will provide readers with important and thoughtful material that illustrates both the challenges and the rewards of striving toward ethical and culturally competent practice in higher education.


Foreword by J. W. Wiley, PhD, Director, Center for Diversity, Pluralism, and Inclusion, SUNY Plattsburgh, New York

Chapter 1: Aspects of Leadership in Higher Education: A Snapshot
Dr. Heidi L. Schnackenberg, SUNY Plattsburgh

Chapter 2: Technoethical Reflections on the Evolving Organizational Culture of University 2.0
Dr. Rocci Luppiccini, University of Ottawa

Chapter 3: Balancing the Rights of Students with Disabilities and Academic Integrity: Case Studies for Teacher Education Faculty
Dr. Maureen E. Squires, SUNY Plattsburgh

Chapter 4: Redefining the Social Construction of Cool in Terms of Social Justice
Ms. Lauren Gonyea, SUNY Plattsburgh

Chapter 5: How Self-knowledge Impacts the Ability to Teach Ethically: Teaching Journeys
Dr. Aline Bobys, SUNY Plattsburgh

Chapter 6: Breaking the Mold: Challenging Prevailing Myths through Cross-Cultural Experiences
Dr. Caroline Knight, Coastal Carolina University
Dr. Jamia Richmond, Coastal Carolina University

Chapter 7: The Leastwise of the Land: Teaching for Social Justice in a Homogenous Zone
Dr. David Iasevoli, SUNY Plattsburgh

Chapter 8: Conceptualizing Male College Students as Men: A Counseling Perspective with Implications for Professionals in Higher Education
Mr. Claude M. Aldous, SUNY Potsdam
Dr. Beverly A. Burnell, SUNY Plattsburgh

Chapter 9: Cultural Competency Development for New Student Affairs Professionals
Dr. Jelane A. Kennedy, College of St. Rose
Dr. Wendy Neifeld Wheeler, College of St. Rose
Dr. Stephanie Bennett, College of St. Rose

Chapter 10: Beyond Tolerance: Developing Multicultural Competencies in
Pre-service Teachers
Dr. Maureen Squires, SUNY Plattsburgh
Mr. George Still, SUNY Plattsburgh


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Beverly A. Burnell, PhD
Associate Professor in Counselor Education, State University of New York (SUNY), Plattsburgh, New York

Bev Burnell is an Associate Professor in Counselor Education at SUNY Plattsburgh, New York, and also serves as the Employee Assistance Coordinator for the campus. She teaches graduate students in the department’s three nationally accredited counseling programs and has served as the Counselor Education Department Chairperson and as Coordinator for the Student Affairs Professional Practice program. Some of her areas of professional focus have been ethics in counselor education, rural counseling practice, student affairs practice in higher education, college students and environments, professional roles and identity, ethical practice, cultural competence, and transition processes for students with disabilities. Dr. Burnell has been an active contributor to the design of nationally accredited graduate programs in teacher education and counselor education and coordinates the accreditation process for the Counselor Education Department. Dr. Burnell began her education career as a secondary mathematics teacher and worked for many years as a counselor in higher education settings. She also co-edited (with Dr. Schnackenberg) the 2012 book titled Best Practices for Education Professionals.

Heidi L. Schnackenberg, PhD
Professor in Educational Technology, State University of New York (SUNY), Plattsburgh, New York

Heidi Schnackenberg is a Professor in Educational Technology in SUNY Plattsburgh’s (New York) Teacher Education Unit and is Coordinator of the Masters of Science in Education programs. She currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes on the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in the P-12 classroom, social issues in education, ethical issues in educational technology, and childhood education courses as a member of one of the faculty cohorts in the BS program in Childhood Education. She previously taught in the graduate Educational Technology program at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, and has worked as an instructional designer for both Intel and Motorola corporations. Her various research interests include the integration of technology into pedagogical practices, the legal and ethical implications of western technologies in nonwestern and third-world cultures, and collaborative and cooperative learning strategies within student learning communities. Dr. Schnackenberg recently designed and developed an extensive MyEducationLabs online supplement for the book Foundations of American Education: Perspectives on Education in a Changing World (15th ed.) published by Pearson Higher Education Publishers. She also co-edited (with Dr. Burnell) the 2012 book titled Best Practices for Education Professionals. Dr. Schnackenberg began her education career as an elementary music teacher.

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