The Hispanic Experience in Physical Education Teacher Education Programs: A Qualitative Study

Luis Columna, Samuel R. Hodge, Amaury Samalot-Rivera, Alexander N. Vigo-Valentín, Carlos M. Cervantes

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of Hispanic faculty involved in physical education teacher education programs at predominantly White colleges and universities in the United States. The study was positioned in the theoretical framework of organizational socialization. Participants were Hispanic (n = 6) faculty from various kinesiology-based programs in tenure-track positions at institutions of higher education in the United States. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews and transcribed, triangulated, and analyzed with constant comparative procedures. We uncovered the following themes: (a) underrepresented, (b) socialized, and (c) cultured and determined. The study’s findings magnify the need for faculty and administrators to heighten their awareness and implement strategies to improve the organizational socialization of Hispanic faculty, particularly at predominantly White doctoral-granting colleges and universities. This means, for instance, identifying strategies to recruit, prepare, retain, and mentor Hispanic faculty at such institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-274
Number of pages19
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018


  • Doctoral programs
  • Hispanic-serving institutions
  • organizational socialization
  • physical education teacher education
  • recruitment
  • underrepresentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


Dive into the research topics of 'The Hispanic Experience in Physical Education Teacher Education Programs: A Qualitative Study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this