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Mentoring Away the Glass Ceiling in Academia


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Introduction: This is Where I Will Begin... Brenda L. H. Marina Section I: On the Road to Academe Chapter 1: PhorwarD Progress: Moving Ahead through Mentorship in the Academy Jennifer Johnson and Jeanette Snider Chapter 2: I am My Sister's Keeper: A Dual Mentoring Perspective of Women of Color in STEM Virginia Tickles and Krystal Foxx Chapter 3: Navigating the Turbulent Boundaries of a Ph.D. Program: A Supportive Peer-mentoring Relationship Jean Ostrom-Blonigen and Cindy Larson-Casselton Section II: Tapping on the Glass Ceiling in Academe Chapter 4: Burdens of the Gifted: Moving Inside the Margins Allison E. McWilliams Chapter 5: Current Career Issues and Mentoring (the Lack of Mentoring) Dian McCallum Chapter 6: The Courage to Give, the Courage to Receive: Mentor-Protege Relations with Women of Color Lillie Ben Chapter 7: The Role of a Mentor in Supporting Early Career Academics: The Relationship is More Important than the Label Julie Haddock-Millar and Chandana Sanyal Section III: Steps Towards Successful Mentoring Chapter 8: Beyond Sisterhood: Using Shared Identities to Build Peer Mentor Networks and Secure Social Capital in the Academy Tamara Bertrand Jones, JeffriAnne Wilder, and La'Tara Osborne-Lampkin Chapter 9: Reflections on Mentoring Female Faculty in Higher Education Venessa Brown, Isaac Abeku Blankson, and Ayse Y. Evrensel Chapter 10: Mentoring Practices for Female Faculty: The Role of Professional Networks Emma Previato Conclusion: Lessons Learned Brenda L. H. Marina

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Brenda L. H. Marina is associate professor at Georgia Southern University, teaching graduate courses in educational leadership and higher education administration.


Mentoring Away the Glass Ceiling in Academia: A Cultured Critique is immensely readable. At last, a book that is deep and revealing about the importance of mentoring as women shatter the glass ceiling in academia. It is difficult to imagine any woman in academia who would not benefit from reading these wonderful narratives shared by women in the trenches. This timely book comes at a critical moment in our country's history when women leaders are rising to the top in all types of settings-educational, business, industrial, government, and health. Absolutely, a must read. -- Patricia A. Mitchell, School of Education, University of San Francisco
Dr. Marina's book could also be titled, 'When Having a PhD is Not Enough.' To expand the resources that women of color may or may not have access to, she calls to the community to provide effective strategies in navigating the obstacles that women can face in academia. Yet, academics in general should find this as a useful resource. -- Tara T. Green, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Marina has edited a powerful collection of personal narratives from women in various roles in academia. Regardless of setting and stage, the writers speak to the challenges they confronted and the importance of mentors who helped them meet the overt and covert obstacles. Each essay delivers a moving message about the importance of identifying mentors to assist in career advancement, and the collection as a whole helps readers understand the varied ways women can find support in academia. The essays are grouped into three separate sections but can be read independently as well. Understanding the obstacles from varied roles (student, faculty, staff, administrator) and from different cultural and contextual perspectives is vital as campus leaders work to create opportunities for women to move into positions of influence and leadership. The narratives and stories about successful mentoring (both peer and traditional mentoring) give readers an opportunity to reflect on different strategies for supporting women on campus. Marina concludes with a case study analysis of the data from the narratives and leaves readers with significant suggestions for mentoring away the glass ceiling in academia. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals and practitioners. * CHOICE *

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