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ERIC Number: EJ961223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1942-3497
Troubling Success: Interviews with Black Female Faculty
Edwards, Nivischi N.; Beverly, Monifa Green; Alexander-Snow, Mia
Florida Journal of Educational Administration & Policy, v5 n1 p14-27 Fall-Win 2011
This study explores the complexity of success for Black female faculty members based on six Black women at a public research oriented university in the Southeast. All women shared the challenges they experience as Black female faculty members. Findings indicate that while these women seemingly have attained professional success, they are leery of labeling themselves as successful. Participants defined success in three major themes: success was publishing, success was giving back, and success was a journey. Of these women, only one considered herself successful. Participants stated that being successful was defined externally and comparatively, they had some successes, and they could never become complacent or satisfied. The conclusions of this study demonstrate that further analysis of the Black female faculty experience in research-oriented institutions is required to more accurately determine the contributors or obstacles to success. This information may be helpful in supporting and promoting Black females on their professional path. (Contains 1 table.)
University of Florida, Department of Educational Administration and Policy. P.O. Box 117049, Gainesville, FL 32611. Tel: 352-273-4332; Fax: 352-846-2697; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A