Date of Award

Spring 6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)



First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Nyaradzo Mvududu

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Munyi Shea

Third Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Carmen Werder


tenure and promotion, women faculty of color, isolation, discrimination, exploitation


Faculty of color can experience an array of challenges during their professional journey in higher education. When gender and race intersect, additional injustices are experienced by faculty of color who identify as women. The research available draws attention to the discrimination, exploitation, and isolation faced by female faculty of color during their professional journey in higher education. Using a grounded theory research design, this study explored if administrators and faculty are aware of the challenges imposed on women of color during the tenure and promotion process, and if institutions are working to address these challenges.