In this essay, we write about our collaborative experiences with faculty mentoring/allying relationships using autoethnography. From two different locations of academic faculty standing, we articulate that faculty mentoring/allying relationships can be sites of critical intercultural communication praxis in which differences informed by historical and existing power relations are productively discussed and acknowledged. However, these are easier to talk about than to practice. Thus, we share our continuing struggle to complicate the notion of faculty mentoring/allying and offer our experiences as complex, fluid, multiple, and contextual productions and constitutions of differences.
Critical Intercultural Mentoring and Allying: A Continuing Struggle for Change in the Academy
Shinsuke Eguchi is Associate Professor (as of Fall 2018) in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico. Correspondence to Shinsuke Eguchi, Department of Communication and Journalism, MSC 03 2240, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA. Email: email@example.com.
Mary Jane Collier is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico. Correspondence to: Mary Jane Collier, Department of Communication and Journalism, MSC 03 2240, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shinsuke would like to thank Bernadette Marie Calafell, Gust A. Yep, Michelle A. Holling, Victoria Chen, and Deborah J. Borisoff for their continuing mentorships. Mary Jane would like to thank Radha Hegde, Wenshu Lee, Gust Yep, and so many others, who have demonstrated their commitment to engaging in critical intercultural alliances in service of equity, inclusion, and justice. We would both like to thank the editors and reviewers for their detailed and insightful comments to improve this essay.
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Shinsuke Eguchi, Mary Jane Collier; Critical Intercultural Mentoring and Allying: A Continuing Struggle for Change in the Academy. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2018; 7 (2): 49–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.2.49
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