There remains a gulf between the way most Black faculty perceive the racial climate at their institutions, and the recognition by non-Black faculty and administrators that these perceptions have merit. This book is intended to promote a productive dialogue.
For anyone, at any level, interested in the issue of the racial climate at his or her institution, this book offers a constructive framework for discussion and action.
Drs. Gail Thompson and Angela Louque describe the the personal experiences of people of color who are seeking tenure in white dominated universities. Thompson and Louque discuss obstacles such as racism, disrespect, and overt isolation at several universities. My impression is that these negative encounters were not only experienced by them, but by other faculty members of color. Thompson and Louque conduct their own research through questionnaires and collecting data, on such topics as the percentages of non-White faculty with tenure, job satisfaction, instances of verbal and physical threats by students, support of department heads, etc. They also offer suggestions on how to survive in hostile environments if one chooses to stay. This book was an eye opener for me because my ultimate goal is to be a professor.
Amazon Review Published On: 07/21/2020