Answering the Call
African American Women in Higher Education Leadership

Paper: 978 1 57922 254 3 / $26.95
Published: March 2009  

Cloth: 978 1 57922 253 6 / $95.00
Published: April 2009  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 57922 653 4 / $95.00  
About Library E-Book

Published: June 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
176 pp., 6" x 9"
Series: Journeys to Leadership Series
Although much has been written about leaders and leadership, we unfortunately know little about women, particularly minority women, who fill this particular role.

This book presents the stories, and the reflections on their paths to leadership in higher education, of seven African American women.

Each has been the first woman, first African American, or first African American woman in one or more of the positions of authority that she has held. Each has overcome the double bind of sexism and racism that can inhibit the professional attainment of African American women.

Although they followed different paths to leadership, similarities in their experiences, values, and beliefs emerge. They also express a need to give back to those communities that nourished their growth and leadership – of which this book is a manifestation.

At a time when significant turnover in college leadership is about to occur – presenting increased opportunities for women and minorities – these leaders hope that the strategies they describe, the insights they impart, the experiences they recount, and, most of all, the passion they have sustained for the betterment of and greater inclusiveness in higher education, will inspire the next generation of women to answer the leadership call.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements; Forward; 1)The Realities of African American Women in Higher Education Leadership; 2) Being Okay With Being Me; 3) Walking the Talk; 4) Finding Purpose Through Meaningful Leadership; 5) Making Things Happen; 6) Choosing Commitment to Change; 7) Energized for the Hard Work of Leadership; 8) For the Greater Good; 9) Six C's of Leadership; 10) Project Methodology; Index.

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"The initial volume is a collection of essays by women who serve as presidents of major universities and colleges throughout the United States who share their wisdom about the challenges they face in a historically male-dominated profession. It highlights women's ability to balance work and life as well as succeed in this context by developing alternative management strategies that are applicable for men and women leaders alike."
- Julia M. Speller, Chicago Theological Seminary , Teaching Theology and Religion
"The book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the stories behind the successes of prominent African American women leaders, and contains valuable lessons about leadership in context and in general."
- On Campus with Women