Halford Fairchild is a Professor
of Psychology and Black Studies at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges. From Fall of 1998 to Spring 2001, and Fall 2006 to Spring 2007,
Professor Fairchild served as Chairman of the Intercollegiate Department of
Black Studies (IDBS). He received his B.A. from the
First Year Seminar: Africana Film: From UK to USAcourses/Fall 2014/FYS/FYS Syllabus Fall 2014.htm (with Professor Dipa Basu), TuTh 11:00 – 12:15 (BC 208)
Psychology 10: Introduction to Psychology (TuTh 8:10 - 9:25 a.m., FL 104)
Psychology 188 AF: Seminar in African American Psychology (Tu 2:35 – 5:00 p.m., BE 101)
Office Hours: MW 1:00 - 3:00, & by appointment
office phone: 909-607-3056
cell phone: 323-252-8399
Higher education is a fundamental tool for personal growth and social change. But the requirements of a solid higher education are proper preparations at home and in the primary and secondary grades.
I am of African-American and Asian-American backgrounds. This "multi-racial" heritage has sensitized me to the complex problems associated with race in the modern world. As such, I am committed to eradicating racism and structured inequality in formal and informal institutions.
My scholarship is of an "activist" orientation. This means that much of my research and theory actively counters the "scientific racism" that continues to corrupt the hearts and minds of students, faculty, policy makers, and the general public. A current struggle is on debunking the validity of the SAT in college admissions and pointing to its use to exclude certain groups from higher education and the professions. Click the link, below (or this one), to see the status of this struggle.
My teaching seeks to develop the "habits of mind" that will serve students well throughout their lives: punctuality, orality and writing skills. I prefer 'revelation' to rigor.
I have two sons, Jeffrey (born 12-10-69) and Marcus (born 10-21-91). Jeffrey is working in Los Angeles, and Marcus is a second lieutenant in the US Air Force (he is a rocket scientist at Cape Canaveral). I enjoy jogging, photography, and chess. I am beginning a career in creative writing and have a few pieces linked on the Publications and Essays page. I am working on a novel set in late 18th Century West Africa. Hal's Photography Index Page. Hal's Chess Page
Professor Halford Fairchild