Coloring the academic landscape: Faculty of color breaking the silence in predominantly White colleges and universities Academic Article uri icon


  • This article, based on a larger, autoethnographic qualitative research project, focuses on the first-hand experiences of 27 faculty of color teaching in predominantly White colleges and universities. The 27 faculty represented a variety of institutions, disciplines, academic titles, and ranks. They identified themselves as African American, American Indian, Asian, Asian American, Latina/o, Native Pacific Islander, and South African. This article reports on the predominant themes of the narratives shared by these faculty of color: teaching, mentoring, collegiality, identity, service, and racism. These themes, consonant with findings from the research literature, can be used to offer suggestions and recommendations for the recruitment and retention of faculty of color in higher education.

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altmetric score

  • 15.7

author list (cited authors)

  • Stanley, C. A.

citation count

  • 342

complete list of authors

  • Stanley, Christine A

publication date

  • January 2006