Sisters of the Academy
Emergent Black Women Scholars in Higher Education

Paper: 978 1 57922 039 6 / $32.50
Published: March 2001  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 040 8 / $95.00  
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Published: December 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
256 pp., 6" x 9"
There are disturbing trends in the continued under-representation of African American women in higher education, especially their attainment of post-baccalaureate and graduate degrees. This is an issue of major concern nationally, for the Black community, and for leaders in higher education.

The fifteen scholars who contribute to this volume trace the trajectory of Black women in education, with a particular focus on higher education. These scholars combine research and personal narratives to explore educational issues ranging from historical accounts of Black female teachers in the nineteenth century, to the challenges and triumphs of being an activist researcher at the turn of the twenty-first century. The essays in this volume address specific historical, social, cultural, political, and academic issues that affect Black women in the academy, and provide readers with tangible examples of how these scholars have transcended some of the challenges in their pursuit of academic excellence.

While these essays do not claim to provide the "magic solution" or a "how-to-guide" to success in higher education, they do raise thought-provoking issues that are critical to the success of Black women in higher education.

This book uncovers issues, and proposes remedies, which will be of vital interest for anyone concerned with diversity and equity in higher education. It celebrates emergent scholars of African descent, who have used the challenges they have encountered in their journeys through the academy to create opportunities for success.

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Becoming sensitive to the experiences, tremendous burdens, and excruciating pains black women deal with in higher education requires understanding. It can begin with reading this book. Each and every 'sister' who walks through the portals of these institutions should read it to become armed with a better understanding of the challenges they face and must overcome to emerge victorious. After reading the last page of this book, university leaders, department chairs, provosts, presidents, faculty members, students and staff are compelled to examine their institutional roles that have contributed to or against black scholars' successes.

Sisters is a must-read work for all followers and leaders in the community we call higher education. In this way we can begin to dialogue and more fully work together ensuring that we embrace these 'sisters' as our own."
- AAHE Bulletin
"I salute the authors for providing a public forum for sister scholars to creatively portray, in their words, their experiences, struggles, and victories in American higher education. The volume is both timely and important. A consistent message from these women throughout the book is that 'with persistence and perseverance, we still rise, we remain strong, and we are here to stay.' This is absolutely a must read!"
- Gail Thomas, Professor of Sociology and Dean of Faculty, Soka University of America