Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

African American Faculty and Administrator Success in the Academy: Career Mentoring and Job Satisfaction at Predominantly White Institutions

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

African American Faculty and Administrator Success in the Academy: Career Mentoring and Job Satisfaction at Predominantly White Institutions

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The factors that influence success for African American faculty and administrators at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) have been scarcely researched. The research which has been conducted has consisted primarily of structured interviews and other qualitative research methodologies (Alfred, 2001; Fenelon, 2003; Paitiu et. al, 2000; Stanley, 2006; Turner, 2003). Four major themes have emerged from the literature regarding the professional experiences of African American faculty and administrators at PWIs: (1) Career Mentoring, (2) Campus Climate, (3) Views of Diversity, and (4) Progress Barriers. This investigation explored these four themes more in depth and identified other critical aspects of African American scholars' professional lives.

Furthermore, this research investigated the relationships between how African American faculty and administrators feel about their career mentoring, relate to the climate at their institution, and their reports of overall job satisfaction. This research was conducted in two studies and utilized a sequential exploratory mixed methods strategy (Creswell, 2009; Morgan, 1998; Morse, 1991) in which the data obtained in Study 1 was used to support and/or confirm the appropriateness of the variables and the measures identified for use in Study 2. …

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