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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Educational Administration and Leadership, K-12: Ed.D.


Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Kay Worner

Second Advisor

John Eller

Third Advisor

Michael Fagin

Fourth Advisor

Roger Worner

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Keywords and Subject Headings

Faculty of Color, Predominantly White Colleges and Universities


Although the United States has experienced major demographic changes, such as an increased population of minorities, there still exists a very low representation of minority faculty members in institutions of higher education compared to White faculty members (Antonino, 2002).

There are very few studies that detail the challenges and supports that qualified persons of color experience in obtaining positions in higher education. Therefore, there is a need for further research to identify these challenges and supports that faculty members of color experience to provide insights for other faculty members of color who are pursuing employment at an institution of higher education.

The qualitative case study included interviews with five former doctoral fellows, all individuals of color regarding their perceptions of the challenges, and supports, they experienced as minority individuals who sought and obtained faculty positions at predominantly White higher education institutions.

The study results indicated that faculty of color at predominately White institutions experienced challenges in seeking and obtaining faculty positions. Many of the challenges were related to understanding the culture of the organization, gaining access to knowledge of positions, and finding support for their candidacy as a viable faculty member. Study participants revealed that the support from a mentor, advisor or doctoral committee member was essential to their success. All participants said that their participation in a pre-doctoral fellowship program was instrumental in their obtaining a faculty position and to their success as a professor.



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