Tenure in the Sacred Grove
Issues and Strategies for Women and Minority Faculty
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A treasure trove of information for women and minorities in the academy who are beginning their quest for tenure.
Designed to help women and minority faculty navigate a path to tenure in academe, this book looks at the political, scholarly, personal and interpersonal issues. Filled with the experiences and advice of those who have navigated this terrain successfully, despite obstacles and setbacks, it includes considerations for women, faculty of color, and gay/lesbian/bisexual faculty, addressing racism, sexism and ageism in the academy. The contributors provide guidance in a multitude of areas such as coping with feelings of fraudulence, making a persuasive tenure case, balancing work and family, as well as practical advice on teaching, research and publication, and the scholarship of outreach. Contributors include tenured faculty, journal editors, department chairs, campus promotion and tenure chairs, and university presidents.
Joanne E. Cooper is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Hawaii and Dannelle D. Stevens is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University.
"Women and minority faculty will find this a must-read because it can assist them in better understanding the underlying process of attaining tenure. " — NACADA Journal
"This well-edited, thoughtful, and serious series of essays should have a prominent place on every junior faculty member's bookshelf, a positive resource on a topic that benefits from de-mystification. " — The Journal of Higher Education
"This is a book not only for young, marginalized scholars but also for senior faculty and administrators who need to understand what it is like to be a woman and a minority seeking tenure. Not the usual academic 'survival guide,' it is based upon cultural awareness and understanding. An unusual and innovative book that merges scholarship, advocacy, and passion. " — Ken Kempner, coeditor of The Social Role of Higher Education: Comparative Perspectives