ABSTRACT

While some in contemporary America promote the notion of a post-racial society, the obstacles confronting faculty of color at HWCUs are legion. Moreover, faculty of color often find themselves marginalized and isolated within these institutions. Paradoxically, these same institutions are often quite adept at exploiting their images in publications and on websites. Perhaps the best indicator for this state of affairs is the history of promotion and tenure for faculty of color. At the time of my arrival, there were no African American tenured faculty in the sciences or the social sciences and only one with tenure in the humanities. Additionally, all potential faculty members are encouraged to read and understand the faculty handbook before signing a contract. At present, it would seem that faculty of color might find a place in many if not most white hegemonic spaces such as HWCU if they appear unassuming, compliant, and grateful.