Interview with Beth L. Goldstein, March 30, 1992

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Beth L. Goldstein is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, where she is up for tenure. She feels that the climate at the university has improved for women, but more progress is needed. She notes that gender is still a factor, and there are still relatively few female faculty members. She explains that as a result, women are expected to participate more in committee work and student interaction. She talks about the climate of harassment on campus, both gender based and racially based. Goldstein describes the campus as "parochial", even towards people who come from outside this region of the country, and explains that international faculty and students have trouble being accepted. She talks at length about the academic environment at UK as well as her work environment. Goldstein cites the positive aspects of her job, such as autonomy in her decisions as to which projects to work on, and flexibility of scheduling.

Goldstein talks about the racial tension and homophobia that still exist on campus, her classroom experiences with this, and refers to A. B. "Happy" Chandler's racist remarks at a Board meeting. She believes that Kentucky still does not support higher education adequately, and discusses other sources of funds. She talks extensively about benefits packages at university. Goldstein performs external work as a research consultant with an Appalachian Education laboratory project and several school districts. She talks about administrative communication, and states that she does not think the College of Arts and Sciences communicates information well. She describes her department, and the campus-wide pressure on faculty to focus on research rather than teaching. Goldstein talks about her ethnographic research relating to rural families, and family literacy, cultural diversity, and multi-cultural curriculum.

Interview Accession

1992oh114_af478

Interviewee Name

Beth L. Goldstein

Interviewer Name

Jodi Biggs

Interview Date

1992-03-30

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Goldstein, Beth L. Interview by Jodi Biggs. 30 Mar. 1992. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Goldstein, B.L. (1992, March 30). Interview by J. Biggs. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Goldstein, Beth L., interview by Jodi Biggs. March 30, 1992, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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