ERIC Number: EJ699674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Perceptions of African American Faculty in Kinesiology-Based Programs at Predominantly White American Institutions of Higher Education
Burden, Joe W., Jr.; Harrison, Louis, Jr.; Hodge, Samuel R.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v76 n2 p224-237 Jun 2005
The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of African American faculty on their organizational socialization in kinesiology-based (i.e., sport pedagogy, exercise physiology, motor behavior, sport management/history) programs at predominantly White American (1) institutions of higher education (PW-IHE). Participants were 9 African American tenure-track faculty members from various kinesiology-based programs at PW-IHE. Data were gathered via interviewing and analyzed within the framework of critical race theory (Ladson-Billings, 2000). Findings are presented using storytelling and thematic narratives. Interviews with the participants revealed four major recurring themes with regard to: (a) resources, opportunities, and power structures; (b) programmatic neglects and faculty mentoring needs; (c) social isolation, disengagement, and intellectual inferiority issues; and (d) double standards, marginalization, and scholarship biases. This study suggests that faculty and administrators at PW-IHE should develop sensitivity toward organizational socialization issues relevant to faculty of color.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Exercise Physiology, Socialization, College Faculty, African Americans, Teacher Attitudes, Critical Theory, Race, Interviews, Power Structure, Mentors
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 1900 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1598. Web site: http://www.aahperd.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A