Women Faculty of Color: Success Stories from the Margins

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Fall 2013

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Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Global Achievement Gap




Based on data from a larger, longitudinal study of 22 women faculty on the tenure track, this qualitative study examines the socialization experiences of four women faculty of color (WFOC) who earned tenure at two public, research extensive, predominantly White institutions (PWIs) in the U.S. This study gives voice to WFOC who broke through the glass ceiling of tenure and were promoted to associate professor. Although these women earned tenure, their adjustment as newcomers to the academy was fraught with marginalization for being both women and persons of color. Specifically, the WFOC experienced challenges to their role clarity, self-efficacy and social acceptance—all of which are all key factors in the socialization of outsiders (untenured) to insiders (tenured) of an organization. This study holds implications for how WFOC can not only survive but also thrive in the tenure process.


Author Posting. © Georgia Southern University, 2013. This article is posted here by permission of Georgia Southern University for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Global Achievement Gap, Volume 1, Special Issue, Fall 2013. http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/jiasgag/10

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