In Class, Sharing Class: Faculty Members from Low-Socioeconomic Status Backgrounds and Status Visibility
Keywords:Low-socioeconomic status faculty, first-generation faculty, support for low-socioeconomic status students
Low-Socioeconomic status (low-SES) faculty members might be well-positioned to support lowSES students. However, research suggests that there are a number of hurdles to faculty members playing such a role. In this paper, we examine low-SES background faculty members’ selfdescribed levels of support for their low-SES students, including the likelihood and means of support, how they assess which students might need support, and their reservations about engaging in this work. We show that low-SES faculty members report supporting their low-SES students, most often through direct discussions of experiences that may be shared in common and drawing on their own memories of college experiences.