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Achieving Racial Equity in Higher Education: The Case for Mentoring Faculty of Color

by Linda C. Tillman - 2018

Racial equity, providing equal opportunities and equal access to all members of an organization, is an important topic in higher education. The imperative for racial equity is particularly important for faculty of color, who often encounter challenges with respect to recruitment and hiring, promotion and tenure, and access to mentoring relationships that can help to facilitate their career success. Racial equity is directly related to several issues in higher education: increasing campus-wide racial diversity, increasing the pipeline of tenured faculty of color, and increasing the retention rates for faculty of color. Higher education administrators are important to the process of facilitating a campus culture that values, promotes, and practices racial equity.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 120 Number 14, 2018, p. 1-18
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22373, Date Accessed: 7/30/2021 10:47:17 PM

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  • Linda Tillman
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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    LINDA C. TILLMAN is Professor Emerita of Educational Leadership, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former public-school educator with teaching and administrative experience, Dr. Tillman’s research and scholarship is focused on school leadership, the education of African Americans in K–12 education, mentoring in higher education, and culturally appropriate research approaches. Her work has been featured in publications including Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Researcher, and Review of Educational Research. She is editor in chief of the SAGE Handbook of African American Education. Recent publications include Handbook of research on educational leadership for diversity and equity (2013) (coeditor with J. J. Scheurich), and Culturally relevant leadership in practice: A case study of a Black woman principal in the West (2017). In C. Rogers, K. Lomotey, & A Hilton (Eds.), Innovative approaches to educational leadership: Selected cases (with Sonya D. Horsford).
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