Rutgers GSE CMSI

For the Love of Teaching: How MSIs Are Diversifying and Transforming the Profession

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 11:00 AM ET

With growing concerns over the significant achievement gap for students of color across the K–12 spectrum, we must ask ourselves how our education systems can successfully recruit, prepare, and retain teachers of color. Join Alice Ginsberg, Marybeth Gasman, and Andrés Castro Samayoa as they discuss their new book For the Love of Teaching: How Minority Serving Institutions Are Diversifying and Transforming the Profession. This webinar will dive deep into why teachers choose teaching, the expectations they hold for students they teach, and how Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)―nearly 800 colleges and universities across the nation – model new and innovative approaches.

Moderated by Laura Alamillo, Dean, School of Education at Sonoma State University

Panelists include:

  • Alice Ginsberg; Senior Research Specialist, Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions
  • Marybeth Gasman, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair, Rutgers University
  • Andrés Castro Samayoa, Assistant Professor, Boston College


Watch the event in full here

About Laura Alamillo

Laura Alamillo is a scholar in the field of language, literacy and culture. She received her Ph.D. from the school of education at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to coming to Sonoma State, Laura Alamillo served two years as Interim Dean at Fresno State. Her service in the CSU system began in 2004 when she began as an Assistant Professor in the Language, Literacy, Bilingual and Special Education department. Laura Alamillo was instrumental in building graduate programs and key in supporting the teacher residencies in the Central Valley. She was responsible for starting one of the first bilingual, pre-schools offered at a CSU campus for children of student parents on campus. In addition to her work in the CSU system, Laura Alamillo published in 2018 a co-edited volume focusing on Chican@ children’s literature. Dean Alamillo comes to Sonoma State with a vision of continuing the work of justice-oriented teacher preparation and expanding teacher residencies in Northern California. She is committed to increasing the racial diversity in the teaching profession and hopes to make an impact in improving the educational experiences of children in the region by working closely with district partners in Sonoma County.

About Alice Ginsberg

Alice Ginsberg has over thirty years of experience in educational programming, teaching, and research, specializing in issues of teacher education, higher education, urban education,  minority serving institutions, social justice pedagogies, and educational philanthropy.  In addition to teaching at The University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University,  Alice is the author or editor of eight books including, Gender in Urban Education (Heinemann, 2004), Gender and Educational Philanthropy (Palgrave, 2007, with Marybeth Gasman) The Evolution of American Women's Studies (Palgrave, 2008), Embracing Risk in Urban Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012), Transgressing Teacher Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2022), and For the Love of Teaching: How Minority Serving Institutions are Diversifying and Transforming the Profession (Teachers College Press, with Marybeth Gasman and Andres Castro Samayoa, 2023).

About Marybeth Gasman

Marybeth Gasman is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education, a Distinguished Professor, and the Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity & Justice and the Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Marybeth is the Chair of the Rutgers University, New Brunswick Faculty Council. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, Marybeth was the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Endowed Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of expertise include the history of American higher education, Minority Serving Institutions (with an emphasis on Historically Black Colleges and Universities), racism and diversity, fundraising and philanthropy, and higher education leadership. She is the author or editor of 30 books, including Educating a Diverse Nation (Harvard University Press, 2015 with Clif Conrad), Envisioning Black Colleges (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), Making Black Scientists (Harvard University Press, 2019 with Thai-Huy Nguyen), and her latest book Doing the Right Thing: How to End Systemic Racism in Faculty Hiring (Princeton University, 2022). Marybeth has written over 250 peer-reviewed articles, scholarly essays, and book chapters. She has penned over 450 opinion articles for the nation’s newspapers and magazines and is ranked by Education Week as one of the most influential education scholars in the nation. Marybeth has raised over $23 million in grant funding to support her research and that of her students, mentees, and MSI partners. She has served on the board of trustees of The College Board as well as historically Black colleges – Paul Quinn College, Morris Brown College, and St. Augustine College. She considers her proudest accomplishment to be receiving the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring, serving as the dissertation chair for over 80 doctoral students since 2000.

About Andrés Castro Samayoa

Andrés Castro Samayoa, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of higher education at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education & Human Development and director for assessment and strategy (by courtesy) at the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Born and raised in Merliot, El Salvador, his research examines equitable policies and institutional practices in postsecondary institutions within the United States, with a particular focus on Minority Serving Institutions.