Interview with Kansas State Professor Charles Rankin Part 2

Category: Education

CMG’s Series Featuring some of the top Black Educators in the Midwest that have been inducted into the Wichita Black Educators Hall of Fame. Dr Rankin takes the lead in the college’s effort to attract men of color to teaching A faculty member is making it easier for future generations of men of color to become teachers by supporting a scholarship designed to encourage them to enter the field of education.

Charles Rankin, the professor, supported the scholarship fund for scholars in Call Me MISTER, an acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models. The College of Education adopted the program in 2015 as a concerted effort to attract men of color – the most urgently needed demographic in the profession.

Rankin served as director of the Midwest Equity Assistance Center housed in the College of Education for nearly 40 years and his story was one of five profiled in the college’s documentary “A Long Road: 50 Years of Experience for Five African American K-State Alumni.” His passion for education and social justice can be traced to a poignant truism he heard countless times growing up.

“My mother used to say, ‘You can’t be one unless you see one,’” Rankin said, referencing the need for diverse role models in classrooms and in all professions. “At a point in time when we have more minority children in school we need to provide positive role models during the formative years – especially at the elementary level – when it really counts.”

Rankin spent his professional career bending the arc of social justice. With this scholarship, his work will continue for generations to come.

Posted in February 2018 Tagged Call Me MISTER, Charles Rankin
‘A Long Road’ documentary, lesson plans available on MEAC website
The College of Education has produced a new documentary that is also a tremendous resource for classrooms across the country as it includes lesson plans aligned with the common core curriculum.

“A Long Road: 150 Years of Collective Experience from Five African-American K-State Alumni,” tells the stories of these highly successful professionals who have had distinguished careers at K-State. They are Kathleen Greene, David L. Griffin, Sr., Juanita McGowan, Charles I. Rankin, and Veryl Switzer.

Tonnie Martinez, assistant professor of education, and former College of Education faculty member Albert Bimper developed the project.

“It was our team’s privilege to be selected for a Michael C. Tilford Faculty Incentive Grant,” Martinez said. “Viewer response affirms that our distinguished alumni have a relevant and inspirational message for all audiences.”

The documentary and lesson plans are free and can be found on the website of the Midwest Equity Assistance Center at

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