Pathways to Higher Education Administration for African American Women

Paper: 978 1 57922 250 5 / $26.00
Published: May 2012  

Cloth: 978 1 57922 249 9 / $95.00
Published: May 2012  

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
156 pp., 6" x 9"
For Black women faculty members and student affairs personnel, this book delineates the needed skills and the range of possible pathways for attaining administrative positions in higher education.

This book uses a survey that identifies the skills and knowledge that Black women administrators report as most critical at different stages of their careers as a foundation for the personal narratives of individual administrators’ career progressions. The contributors address barriers, strategies, and considerations such as the comparative merits of starting a career at an HBCU or PWI, or at a public or private institution.

Their stories shine light on how to develop the most effective leadership style, how to communicate, and the importance of leading with credibility. They dwell on the necessity of listening to one’s inner voice in guiding decisions, of maintaining integrity and having a clear sense of values, and of developing a realistic sense of personal limitations and abilities. They illustrate how to combine institutional and personal priorities with service to the community; share how the authors carved out their distinct and purposeful career paths; and demonstrate the importance of the mentoring they received and provided along the way. A theoretical chapter provides a frame for reflecting on the paths traveled.

These accounts and reflections provide enlightenment, inspiration, and nuggets of wisdom for all Black women who want to advance their careers in higher education.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Johnetta Cross Brazzell

Introduction—Tamara Bertrand Jones, LeKita Scott Dawkins, and Melanie Hayden Glover

1) Existing Pathways: A Historical Overview of Black Women in Higher Education Administration—Melanie Hayden Glover

2) Essential Skills for the Leadership Path—Marguerite M. McClinton & LeKita Scott Dawkins

3) Direction Along the Path: Mentoring & Black Female Administrators—Tamara Bertrand Jones & Waltrina Dufor

4) Service on the Administrative Pathway—Lisa K. Thompson & LeKita Scott Dawkins

5) Leveling the Pathway: Balancing Work and Family—Marguerite M. McClinton

6) Influencing Pathways: African American Administrators as Effective Mentors to African American Students—Tamara Y. Futrell, Yvonne Coker, & Quiana McKenzie

7) The Community-Engaged Professional: Nurturing Your Passion on the Academic Pathway—Kimberly King-Jupiter

8) The Ties That Bind: Pathways to Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Administration—Kandace G. Hinton

9) Decisions to Make (or Not) Along the Career Path—Mary Howard-Hamilton & Carol Logan Patitu

10) Historically Black College or University or Predominantly White Institution: Choosing Your Institutional Path—LeKita Scott Dawkins

11) The Pathway to Your Dreams in Academia: Seven Practical Considerations—Darnita Killian & Marguerite M. McClinton

12) Connecting the Paths: Guiding Institutions and Administrators into the Future—Tamara Bertrand Jones & LeKita Scott Dawkins


About the Editors and Contributors

Reviews & Endorsements:
From the Foreword:
“It is critical that African American women be in positions of authority…because, the one who leads truly does matter.
This seminal work explores why there are still too few African American women in high-level college/university administrative positions today. More importantly, it examines why this current state of affairs can and should be changed. A blueprint is provided for both the individual woman with aspirations for advancement, and for institutions wanting to cultivate this often overlooked source of talent. Pathways is a very fine primer for those seeking to chart their own personal journeys. It is a must read for high level administrators, no matter their color, who are interested in changing the culture and landscape of their institution.”
- Johnetta Cross Brazzell, Former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs , University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
"This book offers both research findings and practical strategies for creating more welcoming pathways to leadership in higher education for African American women. It examines the many barriers to leadership for women and provides compelling stories and advice from African American women who are successful leaders and mentors [and] should be useful in a variety of teaching and professional development settings."
- Jon C. Dalton, Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, Florida State University