ERIC Number: ED478597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Negotiating Culture: Faculty Roles and Responsibilities in HBCUs.
Gregory, Sheila T.
This paper provides insights into the historical and contemporary status of black faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to revisit the traditional and more current roles and responsibilities of HBCU faculty, and to introduce new knowledge about HBCU faculty negotiate culture and manage to cope professionally and personally with growing challenges and fewer resources. Historically, education has served as a vehicle for many blacks to escape poverty and prepare future generations for leadership in the community and society. Higher education in the United States is at a critical juncture today. Fewer African Americans are choosing academic careers, and a large number of those who do are not being retained, promoted, or tenured. Black faculty women are achieving tenure at a much slower rate than every before, leaving them professionally vulnerable. The primary barrier to black faculty retention and advancement that is cited most often in the research is the extraordinary time demands placed on them because of their relatively small numbers. Black faculty members also report the absence of institutional support systems as a hindering factor. To improve the status of black HBCU faculty, it is necessary to address that issue at the department level. Departments and deans can provide support for faculty members in various cost-effective ways. Research has shown that most black faculty at HBCUs received undergraduate training at black colleges or universities. The current role of HBCU institutions is to nurture this seed and provide an environment in which it will bloom. (Contains 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003). Excerpts from chapter published in "An HBCU Reader: Exploring the Historical, Political and Economic Realities of African American Higher Education Institutions" (2004).