Developing an Academic Identity Using the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model

A Kaleidoscopic Metaphor


  • Micki M. Caskey Portland State University
  • Karen Weller Swanson Univerity of Denver



In this essay, we describe how the cognitive apprenticeship model serves as a framework for mentoring early-career women faculty into the professoriate. We illuminate our ideas using the metaphor of a kaleidoscope to inspire and support women faculty as they grow as academic writers and build their academic identities.   


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Author Biographies

Micki M. Caskey, Portland State University

MICKI M. CASKEY, PhD, is Professor Emerita in the College of Education, Portland State University, United States.  Her major research interests include doctoral education, academic writing, higher education research, and middle grades education.  Email:

Karen Weller Swanson, Univerity of Denver

KAREN WELLER SWANSON, Ed.D. is the Director of Faculty Learning Communities and Scholarship in the Office of Teaching and Learning, University of Denver, United States. Her main research interests are faculty development, cognitive apprenticeship in doctoral studies and higher education.  Email:




How to Cite

Caskey, M., & Swanson, K. (2020). Developing an Academic Identity Using the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model: A Kaleidoscopic Metaphor. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Higher Education, 5(2), 134–139.