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Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice

This co-edited book (Mary Kite, Kim Case, and Wendy Williams; forthcoming from APA Press) aims to provide a prepared and directly relevant source for some of the most common and challenging dilemmas for educators teaching about social justice. The chapter authors address the “in the moment” events that happen in our classroom as well as things instructors can do to better prepare our students prior to the occurrence of difficult moments, to structure classrooms to prevent them from happening in the first place, or to help instructors regain balance after they have occurred. Our authors also address our roles as teachers, inside and outside the classroom. Contributors address topics such as handling personal threats, responsibly incorporating current social justice events, navigating our own stigmatized identities, dealing with bias in teaching evaluations, the need for self-care, and more.

A review of our book from Psychology of Women Quarterly is here.

Our book can be ordered here.


Any college-level instructor--from newly minted PhD to senior full professor--should read and learn from this book, which is designed to constructively help educators and students navigate the ever-changing social shoals of the contemporary classroom. The guidance here is authoritative, insightful, and candid, and it will help you understand your students and create a welcoming classroom where critical discussions can be freely held.

--Dana S. Dunn, PhD, Past President, APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology); Professor of Psychology, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

 A brave and honest discussion of dilemmas that confront anyone who teaches about diversity and social justice. Practical advice, based on contributors’ experience and empirical research, makes this book an invaluable resource for instructors. Every academic administrator who wants to understand the challenges of diversity work in the classroom needs to read it.

--Stephanie A. Shields, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA