Unquiet Voices

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  • Title: Unquiet Voices: Cultural Experiences Related to the Pursuit of Tenure and Promotion
  • Author(s): Myrtle Welch
  • Editor(s): Amitra Wall,
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: World Universities Forum
  • Keywords: University, Teaching, Promotion
  • Year: 2013
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-138-3
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-139-0
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/978-1-61229-139-0/CGP
  • Citation: Wall, Amitra, and Myrtle Welch, eds. 2013. Unquiet Voices: Cultural Experiences Related to the Pursuit of Tenure and Promotion. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-139-0/CGP.
  • Extent: 83 pages


This book, a product of over five years of writing and research, is designed to be a conversation starter. While people’s experiences with the tenure and promotion process are documented, less attention is given to women of color. Intellectual discourse is needed to address stratification in the academy. Five women of African descent amalgamate their voices about their cultural experiences concerning the tenure and promotion process. Through a narrative research approach, these professors describe, through themes, the impact that gender, age, race, and ethnicity had on their pursuit of tenure and promotion. The disclosure of successes and disappointments provides a framework for administrators, faculty, staff, and students to understand reality in the academy. Understanding leads to speaking up and speaking out. The stories embedded in Unquiet Voices in the Academy are packed with professorial tools to be used in the academy.