I do think the group of teachers below (including me) fit the part:
Now that I have completed another academic semester of teaching (I am in year 8), I must ask the question: What does a teacher/scholar look like? I have had instructors and worked beside a number of them enough to know that there is no consistent look. Here are a few that I work with, trained and took courses under, or met at a conference. Some wear glasses while others do not; some wear jackets and ties to class while others look as if they just rolled out of bad; some have written great academic material while some have not. Is he or she of a particular race or ethnicity?
For some, the ideal looking teacher is Jack Keating of Dead Poets Society, as seen above. At times, I think of Mark Elrod, the guy in the bow tie that I took a few courses from; I can picture my law school friend Jeff Baker, who teaches at Jones School of Law. I am sure you can guess which one he is.
When I think of what a teacher looks like, I often think of Toni Morrison (above). I have always wondered what it would be like to sit in a Morrison seminar? Seeing her beautiful smile and grayish dreadlocks hang as she asked me a question about race and literature. Because I never had a teacher of color after 8th grade, I have long wondered what a class would be like if I had a black male teacher guiding my class responses?