Pathways to Higher Education Administration for African American Women

For Black women faculty members and student affairs staff, this book delineates the needed skills and the range of imaginable pathways for attaining administrative positions in higher education.

This book uses a survey that identifies the skills and knowledge that Black women administrators report as most very important at different stages of their careers as a foundation for the personal narratives of individual administrators’ career progressions. The contributors address barriers, strategies, and considerations such as the comparative merits of starting a career at an HBCU or PWI, or at a public or private institution.

Their stories shine light on tips on how to develop among the finest leadership style, tips on how to keep in touch, and the importance of leading with credibility. They dwell at the necessity of being attentive to one’s inner voice in guiding decisions, of maintaining integrity and having a clear sense of values, and of developing a realistic sense of personal limitations and abilities. They illustrate tips on how to combine institutional and personal priorities with service to the community; share how the authors carved out their distinct and purposeful career paths; and demonstrate the importance of the mentoring they received and provided along the way in which. A theoretical chapter provides a frame for reflecting at the paths traveled.

These accounts and reflections provide enlightenment, inspiration, and nuggets of wisdom for all Black women who wish to advance their careers in higher education.

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