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Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure

Patricia A. Matthew

Abstract

The academy may claim to seek and value diversity in its professoriate, but reports from faculty of color around the country make clear that departments and administrators discriminate in ways that range from unintentional to malignant. Stories abound of scholars--despite impressive records of publication, excellent teaching evaluations, and exemplary service to their universities--struggling on the tenure track. These stories, however, are rarely shared for public consumption. Written/Unwritten reveals that faculty of color often face two sets of rules when applying for reappointment, tenure, ... More

Keywords: diversity, tenure, racism in academe, higher education, labor discrimination, faculty retention, ethnic studies, minorities in higher education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627717
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627717.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia A. Matthew, editor
Montclair State University

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Introduction

Patricia A. Matthew, Montclair State University

Foundations

Responding to the Call(ing)

Ayanna Jackson-Fowler, Tarrant County College

Building a Canon, Creating Dialogue

Rashida L. Harrison, Michigan State University

Navigations

Difference without Grievance

Leslie Bow, University of Wisconsin–Madison

In Search of Our Fathers’ Workshops

Lisa Sánchez González, University of Connecticut

Identities

Tenure in the Contact Zone

Angie Chabram, University of California, Davis

“Colored” Is the New Queer

Andreana Clay, San Francisco State University

Manifestos

Performative Testimony and the Practice of Dismissal

Jane Chin Davidson and Deepa S. Reddy, California State University, San Bernardino and University of Houston

Talking Tenure

Sarita Echavez See University of California, Davis

Hierarchies

Still Eating in the Kitchen

Carmen V. Harris, University of South Carolina–Upstate

Contingent Diversity, Contingent Faculty

Wilson Santos, Full Sail University

Activism(s)

Balancing the Passion for Activism with the Demands of Tenure*

April L. Few-Demo, Fred P. Piercy, and Andrew J. Stremmel, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Cast Your Net Wide

Patricia A. Matthew, Montclair State University

Conclusion

Patricia A. Matthew, Montclair State University