Black Women in the Academy: The Secrets to Success and Achievement

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This revised and updated edition of Black Women in the Academy adds updated data on the status of Black faculty women, a forty-four-page bibliography, and a new chapter on the status of international faculty women from twenty different countries, to the only study of the decisions of African-American women to remain in, return to, or voluntarily leave the academy. Sheila Gregory creates a conceptual framework from economic, psychosocial, and job satisfaction theories to construct a model to explain the factors that affect the decision patterns influencing career mobility. She uses a survey of the members of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education to illustrate to what degree the designated variables predict decision patterns. Gregory's analysis focuses on the women who remained in the academy, noting that those who did remain were usually successful high-achievers who managed to overcome numerous obstacles involving career and family. The author also provides an outline detailing how to attract and retain talented Black women scholars, along with possible interventions that might help interinstitutional mobility.

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Editorial Reviews

George Keller
This book is a revealing probe into the frustration and satisfactions of Black women faculty...a useful and surprising study, which should be read by anyone who seeks insights into the academic lives of African-American women.
Delores V. Smalls
A ground-breaking indispensable book for anyone who is committed to plurality.
Identifies secrets to success and achievement for Black women scholars. Examines the history of Black women and their families, and explains and interprets the author's own research study on factors that influence the decisions of Black women faculty to remain in, return to, or voluntarily leave the academy. This edition incorporates updated statistics on the status of women both inside and outside the academy, and makes use of findings from the author's ongoing research on 20 groups of international faculty and women of color in the US. The author is a professor, researcher, and educational consultant who received a Phd in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761814122
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/20/1999
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila T. Gregory is Director of Marketing and Community Outreach at the University of Memphis, and the editor of A Legacy of Dreams (University Press of America, 1999).

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
I Introduction
II In the Beginning
III Women as Professors and Scholars
IV The Decision to Remain in, Return to, or Voluntarily Leave the Academy
V Results of the Study
VI Summing it up
VII Changing the Rules of the Game
VIII Plight of International Faculty Women
IX Where do we go from here?
About the Author
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