Mentoring Faculty of Color

Essays on Professional Development and Advancement in Colleges and Universities


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About the Book

The 14 new essays in this collection, from under-represented faculty who teach at predominantly white colleges and universities, discuss both the tenure and promotion experiences of faculty of color and are not racial, ethnic, gender, cultural or discipline specific.
The book is thus not only for aspiring graduate students of color and faculty of color desirous of outside mentoring but also for administrators interested in the professional development and dilemmas of faculty of color.
Faculty of color describes how they navigated the complex terrain of higher education to achieve tenure or promotion. Most of the contributors are at the associate professor stage of their careers and some hold the rank of full professor.

About the Author(s)

Dwayne Mack is an associate professor of history and Carter G. Woodson Chair of African American History at Berea College.
Elwood D. Watson is a professor of history and African American studies at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Michelle Madsen Camacho is a professor and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of San Diego.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Dwayne Mack, Elwood D. Watson and Michelle Madsen Camacho
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7048-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0025-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Faculty of Color in Higher Education 1

Black Robe, White Collar: Achieving Tenure at a Catholic Liberal Arts College in New York City Mark A. Pottinger 17

Navigating the Tenure and Promotion Processes at Regional Comprehensive Universities: Challenges and Coping Strategies Tom Otieno 26

Were It Not for the Students, I Would Love to Teach!

How Women Can Manage Their Classrooms Robin R. Means Coleman 42

A Bridge or a Wall: Struggles of a Pioneer Woman Tasneem Khaleel 56

Latina Faculty Narratives and the Challenges of Tenure: Identifying Strategies, Institutionalizing Accountability Alyssa Garcia 69

Beyond Toleration and Lip Service: Engaging Differences and Reflecting on Disciplinary Collaborations Juliet McMullin 88

An Open Letter on How to Succeed in Academic Life Judith Liu 103

Creating the Perfect Storm: Making the Best Case for Promotion and Tenure Toni Griego Jones 116

Keep on Pushing: Earning Tenure at a Predominantly White Liberal Arts College While Staying True to My African American Culture Dwayne Mack 127

Multiple Voices: Same Song Jacqueline B. Temple, Yer J. Thao, and

Samuel D. Henry 140

Bearing Children on the Tenure Track: Survival Strategies from the Trenches Michelle Madsen Camacho 153

The Path to Promotion to Full Professor Elwood D. Watson 165

Writing an Effective Curriculum Vitae: An Introduction to Presenting and Promoting Your Academic Career Angela M. Nelson 178

Life After Tenure Denial Andrea Smith 195

About the Contributors 205

Index 209

Book Reviews & Awards

“a welcome addition…valuable insights…a must-read”—International Journal of Multicultural Education; “Mentoring Faculty of Color is a must read for junior faculty and aspiring tenure track faculty of color. In 14 essays a diverse range of scholars talk about their individual stories as they pertain to the promotion and tenure process (P&T). They also discuss a wide range of strategies on how junior faculty of color could successfully navigate and survive in the academy while maintaining their cultural identities.”—Herbert G. Ruffin II.