Heggins, W. J. (2004). Preparing African American Males for the Professoriate: Issues and Challenges. The Western Journal of Black Studies, 28(2), 354-364.
The purpose of this study was to explore issues germane to the preparation of African American men involved in the ‘Preparing Future Faculty’ (PFF) program, with particular attention to contextual issues and challenges that serve as both support and barriers. Results indicate that networking, mentoring and research support were themes that emerged as strategies for addressing issues faced by prospective African American male faculty. Respondents in the study suggested the following important actions for African American men preparing to be faculty: 1) emphasizing in increased involvement in professional development, 2) establishing awareness of the professional culture, 3) understanding roles and responsibilities, and 4) defining a relationship with senior faculty. Those efforts were critical to recruitment, retention, and advancement as prospective faculty. Adapted from the source document.
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