Position and Mission: Women of Color Historians' Career Considerations and Implications

AHA Session 237
Saturday, January 7, 2017: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 1B (Colorado Convention Center, Ballroom Level)
Rhonda M. Gonzales, University of Texas at San Antonio
Mary E. Dillard, Sarah Lawrence College
C. Cymone Fourshey, Bucknell University
Rhonda M. Gonzales, University of Texas at San Antonio
Shirley Jennifer Lim, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Noel Voltz, Trinity Washington University

Session Abstract

The five historians comprising this panel are women of color—African American, Asian American, and Mexican American—who completed PhDs at top-ranking ‘R1’ universities. Though they earned the degree from elite institutions that readied them to compete for faculty positions at R1 universities, they also had the personal desire to work for institutions that suited their personal missions. The intersectional realities and challenges of being women of color in the academy are commonly recognized in professional settings; however, this roundtable seeks to open up a discussion centered on the professional implications of ‘employing down.’ The implications are framed in terms of research, mentor-teaching agendas, and work-life integration. The testimonials presented will invite a discussion centered on the question: What do 'R1' women of color historians sign up for and give up on when they accept faculty positions at ‘other’ colleges and universities?
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