LSU’s Kenny Fasching-Varner Has First Book Published

08/15/2012 10:11 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Professor Kenny Fasching-Varner’s first book “Occupying the Academy: Just How Important is Diversity Work in Higher Education?” will be released on Thursday, Aug. 16, by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Fasching-Varner is an assistant professor in the College of Human Sciences and Education‘s School of Education in the department of Curriculum and Instruction.


Thandeka Chapman from the University of California San Diego noted that the volume “is a compelling and important examination of the realities of race and racism in higher education.”


Fasching-Varner and co-editors Professor Christine Clark of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Mark Brimhall-Vargas of the University of Maryland, College Park, expressed disappointment with a diversity-based regression in higher education during the past four years. They propose there is a political assault on equity and diversity workers at universities and colleges. Utilizing a variety of perspectives from leading scholars, “Occupying the Academy” analyzes ways institutional equity and diversity efforts are being harmed nationwide.


Book chapters were contributed by LSU Vice Provost Katrice Albert with Assistant to the Vice Provost and Director of Educational Equity Marco Barker, School of Education Associate Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, and Varner.


Fasching-Varner started working at LSU in August 2011 and earned a doctorate in language, literacy, and culture from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University in 2009. His areas of expertise are in critical race theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, literacy, and multiculturalism. He earned a Master of Science in literacy in 2003 from St. John Fisher College, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary and inclusive education with concentration in Spanish in 2001 from Niagara University.


“Occupying the Academy” is available on Kindle and can be pre-ordered in print on or through Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.


On July 1, six university units realigned to create the College of Human Sciences & Education.  Through this reorganization of resources, LSU has created a high-profile college that will have a major impact on the quality of life of the citizens of Louisiana in the areas of social and human sciences. The college consists of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School.


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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012