Black Professors: On the Track but Out of the Loop

When I was in my first year as a tenure-track faculty member, a friend of mine summed up a concern that many of us newly minted African-American professors had. She said: "I am not so sure that I am willing to become the person I must become in order to gain tenure." Her remark drew a round of "uh-huhs" and "I know what you means" from the audience. My friend and I were speaking at a symposium on African-American faculty members at predominantly white institutions, held at a national academic