Warde, B. (2009). The Road to Tenure: Narratives of African American Male Tenured Professors. Journal of African American Studies, 13(4), 494-508.
Employing qualitative interviews framed by a phenomenological approach, this exploratory study had a cohort of African American male tenured professors (n = 12) describe the thematic structure of their experience of successfully advancing in the professoriate and earning tenure from an institution of higher education. The participants’ descriptions revealed that the structure of the experience was comprised of five interrelated themes: (1) mentorship; (2) organizational support; (3) culture/background; (4) collegiality, and (5) networking. Implications for institutions of higher education and recommendations for current and future African American male tenure-track professors are discussed.
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