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The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure—Without Losing Your Soul

Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy
The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure—Without Losing Your Soul
ISBN: 978-1-58826-562-3
$55.00
ISBN: 978-1-58826-588-3
$24.50
2008/205 pages/LC: 2008006784
No examination copies


"Both informative and entertaining. The authors dispense practical, no-nonsense ideas.... This is a must-read for any Black person on the tenure-track and is highly recommended for non-Black faculty as well."—Michael J. Cuyjet, The Review of Higher Education

"Full of invaluable tips and hard-earned wisdom. It is an essential handbook that will help black faculty survive and thrive in academia without losing their voices, or their integrity."—CAUT Bulletin

"Thought provoking and engaging.... This book is certainly written with the African American junior scholar in mind, but I would highly encourage all junior faculty who are interested in acquiring the necessary tools to achieve tenure to read [it]."—Tiffiany Howard, The Academic Author

"This book should be required reading in the professional development courses offered by most graduate programs. It deftly addresses the subtle abuses of power and the always challenging-to-address racial politics that pervade all aspects of society, including academia."—Romney Norwood, Georgia State University

"A critical resource for black junior faculty who are attempting to negotiate the politics of promotion and tenure at their institutions. Both sensible and effective."—Rainier Spencer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"Provides valuable information and practical tips.... This book outlines concrete steps any junior faculty member can and should take to help them win tenure—but it is especially valuable for faculty of color."—Krista Johnson, Agnes Scott College

DESCRIPTION

For an African American scholar, who may be the lone minority in a department, navigating the tenure minefield can be a particularly harrowing process. Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy go beyond standard professional resources to serve up practical advice for black faculty intent on playing—and winning—the tenure game. Addressing head-on how power and the thorny politics of race converge in the academy, The Black Academic's Guide is full of invaluable tips and hard-earned wisdom. It is an essential handbook that will help black faculty survive and thrive in academia without losing their voices, or their integrity.

Click here to read Inside Higher Ed's interview with Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kerry Ann Rockquemore consults in the area of faculty develoment and leadership. Tracey Laszloffy is associate professor of marriage and family therapy at Alliant International University. The two are cofounders of www.BlackAcademic.com, a website for minority scholars.

CONTENTS

  • How to Win Tenure—Without Losing Your Soul.
  • UNDERSTANDING THE GAME.
  • Race, Power, and the Academic System.
  • The Politics of "Fit."
  • MASTERING YOUR TECHNIQUE.
  • Tenure and Time Management.
  • The Academic Office.
  • Healthy Pathways to Publication.
  • The Art of Efficient Teaching and Service.
  • PLAYING TO WIN.
  • Shifting from Habits of Survival to Strategies for Success.
  • Constructive Conflicts.
  • Building a Supportive Network.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • Succeeding with Integrity.