CFP: Keeping The Faith: Successful Strategies to Help Underrepresented Faculty Achieve Tenure and Promotion (5/31/2009)

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Dwayne Mack, Ph.D.
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As many of us who are members of academia know, the road to tenure and promotion is one that can be fraught with roadblocks, pitfalls and other often unexpected challenges. This is particularly true in the case of faculty of color, women, Gay and Lesbian and other underrepresented faculty.

The editors of the collection of essay tentatively titled _Keeping The Faith: Successful Strategies to Help Underrepresented Faculty Achieve Tenure and Promotion_, invite faculty members from the aforementioned groups to submit abstracts related to their experiences in earning tenure/and or promotion to associate or full professor. While stories of challenges and barriers are welcome, this is primarily an anthology for educators to share lessons and resources, rather than simply outline grievances with the tenure or promotion process. Contributors are urged to write about the lessons and suggestions for concrete successful strategies. This edited volume will give scholars who have been through this process the opportunity to reflect and share strategies for earning tenure and promotion at colleges and universities with others in the academy desirous of outside mentoring. Contributors are asked to share their personal experiences in achieving tenure or promotion in the academy as well as to provide brief, yet specific examples from their research and teaching portfolios

Essays should address the following topics: effective teaching and publication strategies, managing service and teaching expectations, developing meaningful collegial relationships with junior and senior faculty, navigating the murky political waters at small, medium and/or large institutions, quantitative data such as charts and statistical data from comments related to your teaching, research and service from students, faculty, department chairs, senior level administrative officials, outside reviewers and alumni.Each co-editor for this project, Dr. Dwayne Mack, Dr. Stephanie Evans and Dr. Elwood Watson. have experienced the tenure process. We feel that this forthcoming collection will provide a valuable service as well as inspire tenure track and associate level faculty to overcome anxiety in dealing with the tenure and promotion process.

Please send an abstract – no more than two pages by May 31st 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.