Date of Graduation
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
School of Education
Learning & Instruction EdD
The purpose of the present study was to explore the perceptions of employment experiences and the pursuit of promotion and tenure by teacher education and special education professors of African descent. This study investigated the perceptions held by teacher education and special education professors of African descent in the areas of recruitment, retention and the tenure and promotion process. Lastly, the present study engaged in an inquiry with these professors regarding their perceptions of critical areas of research needed to improve educational equity and achievement for African American students. This population was encouraged to reflect on these areas in terms of their situated experiences such as: employees of traditionally white and historically black institutions of higher education, members of teacher education and special education teacher preparation programs, and members of over and under represented groups throughout the educational continuum. Specifically, this study collected data that allowed teacher education and special education professors of African descent to use their voice to contextualize experiences in the education professorate.
The present study sought to impact the field of education in several ways. It provided information on the recruitment and retention of professors of African descent in teacher education and special education programs. It also identified how culturally diverse perspectives on research needs may impact general education and special education practices to improve education equity for African American students.
Mayfield, Kimberly L., "Coming to Voice: Exploring the Experiences of Teacher Education and Special Education Professors of African Descent in Institutions of Higher Education" (2001). Doctoral Dissertations. 465.