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The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure--Without Losing Your Soul

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Both informative and entertaining. The authors dispense practical, no-nonsense ideas.... This is a must-read for any Black person on the tenure-track and is highly recommended for non-Black faculty as well. --Michael J. Cuyjet, The Review of Higher Education

Thought provoking and engaging.... This book is certainly written with the African American junior scholar in mind, but I would highly encourage all junior faculty who are interested in acquiring the necessary tools to achieve tenure to read [it]. --Tiffiany Howard, The Academic Author

This book should be required reading in the professional development courses offered by most graduate programs. It deftly addresses the subtle abuses of power and the always challenging-to-address racial politics that pervade all aspects of society, including academia. --Romney Norwood, Georgia State University

Thought provoking and engaging.... This book is certainly written with the African American junior scholar in mind, but I would highly encourage all junior faculty who are interested in acquiring the necessary tools to achieve tenure to read [it]. --Tiffiany Howard, The Academic Author

This book should be required reading in the professional development courses offered by most graduate programs. It deftly addresses the subtle abuses of power and the always challenging-to-address racial politics that pervade all aspects of society, including academia. --Romney Norwood, Georgia State University

About the Author

Kerry Ann Rockquemore is associate professor of sociology and African American studies and founding director of the Under-Represented Faculty Mentoring Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tracey Laszloffy is a coach and therapist for black and Latino faculty at predominately white institutions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers (July 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588265889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588265883
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Branch on October 14, 2008
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There are few book that are must-reads. That will help you to navigate the minefield of earning tenure and surviving the madness of being a person of color in the academy. This is one of those rare gems that will help you to anticipate the challenges and to remind you that you are not in this struggle alone, others understand, and have succeeded. I give this book my highest recommendation.
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Before I read this book I was stressed out, doing too much service, doing too little research, and not spending enough time with my loved ones. Now, although I still experience stress, it is much less than before. I'm also choosing my service more carefully, after I learned the art of saying "no," and focusing more on my research. All this while typically not working on weekends and weekday evenings, making more time for my family. To say this book has completely changed my relationship with work would be an understatement. It is a must read for any Assistant Professor, particularly those from underrepresented spaces.
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While this book is understandably aimed towards black faculty and people of color, most of the prescriptions and tips are excellent advice for ALL untenured faculty. In addition, the author does a masterful job of concisely and persuasively explaining the plight of many black academics in a way with which non-black academics can not only understand but also perhaps even empathize. Highly recommended!
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This is a very helpful book for anyone on a tenure-track job, including academics from any minority group, and even the mainstream Caucasian academics. When I bought this book, I didn't really look closely at the title, and didn't realize it was written more specifically for black academics until I started to read the chapter on racism in academia. But the discussions regarding racism in academia are very illuminating for everyone. Besides such specific information that's written more for black academics, there is a lot of useful information that anyone can benefit from, e.g. how to be productive in publishing, how to teach more effectively and efficiently, how to organize your documents, how to manage your time, how to resolve conflicts, how to build a support network. I think all of the information provided by the authors is very helpful. I highly recommend this book to everyone on a tenure-track job, and especially to academics from a minority group including racial minorities such as blacks, Asians, Latinos and etc, and social minorities.
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Although America has made great strides toward equality, some barriers still sadly exist. "The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure: Without Losing Your Soul" is a guide for African American employees of academia who want all the respect and privileges of their fellow professors and other academics. A game must be played, and Rockquemore & Laszloffy offers a solid strategy guide for navigating the administration to get what one deserves. "The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure" is a must for any black Academic who fights for equality in all aspects of society.
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This has been a very helpful book. It affirms experiences I have already had in the academy. It provides useful strategies for dealing with situations ranging from professional attacks to saying no to the latest committee request. I have recommended it to other black faculty in the academy.
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Such a great book. I'm actually reading a copy from my library. I'm not black and have no aspirations to be in academia, and the title just jumped out at me from the library shelf... SO GLAD I picked it up. I'm a little disappointed that the title is so exclusive ("black" "tenure") because I think as a result the book content only reaches a tiny portion of people who would benefit. The advice is candid and straight-shooting, and surprisingly well applied to many other fields besides academia. I think readers that benefit the most, besides black faculty, will have at least some exposure to academia and understand the culture.

For example the chapter on time management is brilliant. Here are 5 points to give you a taste---5 "myths of time management" that junior faculty (and anyone, really!) tell themselves:
1 myth: Six years until the tenure evaluation is a 'long time' to prepare
2 myth: I don't need to plan, I'm Brilliant!
3 myth: I'm a fraud and don't deserve to be here
4 myth: I've come this far without planning, why start now?
5 myth: I don't need to plan because I have lots of free time

Anyway, I was impressed with this book enough to want to share it with others, and I'm not someone who usually leaves reviews.
Recommended even for non-black folks with zero academic aspirations!
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