Call for Abstracts/Book:"A Practical Guide to Prepare Graduate Students of Color for their First Job in Academia"

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Dwayne Mack and Elwood Watson
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As many of us who are members of academia know, most graduate students are not prepared for the political and social rigors of their first tenure track position. Most colleges and university environments are filled with roadblocks, pitfalls and other often unexpected challenges for newly minted Ph.D., Ed.D., MFA., J.D.s, and those with other terminal degrees. This is particularly true for junior faculty of color, women, Gay and Lesbian, and other underrepresented faculty.

Professors Dwayne Mack and Elwood Watson, the editors of a forthcoming collection of essays tentatively titled "Telling it Like it Is: A Practical Guide to Prepare Graduate Students of Color for their First Job in Academia," invite faculty and administrators to submit abstracts related to their early and/or current experiences in academia. While stories of challenges, adversity and barriers are welcome, this is primarily an anthology for educators to mentor, rather than simply outline grievances. This edited volume will give faculty and administrators the opportunity to reflect and share strategies with graduate students of color on how to transition from graduate school to a tenure-track/tenure-stream position.

Contributors are asked to share their personal experiences on topics such as interviewing strategies, c.v. preparation, finding the right institutional fit, negotiating a contract, outlining a tenure and promotion plan, responding to microaggressions, macroaggressions, sexism, racism, homophobic attitudes, religious and cultural prejudice, avoiding cultural taxation, effective teaching and publishing strategies, managing service and teaching expectations, and developing meaningful relationships with junior and senior faculty. Other similarly related topics are welcomed as well.

We feel that this forthcoming collection of essays will provide a valuable service as well as prepare graduate students of color for professional success. We welcome collaborative pieces and submissions from scholars at majority White institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), small liberal arts colleges, Research I institutions, and Community Colleges.

Please send an abstract – no more than 350 words by July 29, 2013 to
Dwayne Mack, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and Carter G. Woodson Chair of African American History
Berea College
Department of History
CPO 2027
Berea, Kentucky 40404
We will accept abstracts via U.S. mail, but electronic abstracts are preferred.