Date of Award
PhD Higher Education Leadership, Management, Policy
Education Leadership, Management and Policy
Robert Kelchen, PhD
Martin Finkelstein, Ph.D.
Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Black women faculty, career advancement, Intersectionality, Black Feminist Theory
This study investigated the supports utilized by Black women in their career advancement as faculty members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Although there is an abundance of scholarship about the challenges presented to Black women faculty at Predominantly White Institutions, the career advancement of Black women faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities has gone largely unstudied. Considering Historically Black Colleges and Universities are where Black women faculty achieve tenure in the highest percentages, this study took a non-deficit perspective and investigated what supports are used by Black women faculty internal to the institution, external to the institution, as well as the institutional cultural factors. The sites of this study were 43 HBCUs with 25% or more of tenured faculty composed of Black women. Faculty rank and discipline were considered when analyzing the electronic survey data. Theoretical frameworks of Black Feminist Theory and Intersectionality were used as lenses to examine the supports used. Some supports include shared governance, administrative disclosure, networks, family, religion, collaboration, mentors, working harder and smarter, and other strategies. This study provides a preliminary step in studying what supports Black women find most useful in navigating their faculty careers.
Delpriore, Andrea, "Supports Used by Black Women Faculty for Career Advancement at Historically Black Colleges and Universities" (2020). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2822.