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Experiences of Single African-American Women Professors

With this Ph.D., I Thee Wed

Edited by Eletra S. Gilchrist

Experiences of Single African-American Women Professors: With this Ph.D., I Thee Wed, edited by Eletra S. Gilchrist, explores the unique lived experiences of single African-American women professors. Gilchrist's contributors are comprised of never-before-married and doctorate degree-holding African-American women professors. The authors and research participants speak candidly about their experiences, exploring a myriad of topics including dating costs and rewards, relationship challenges, work/life balance, multiple intersecting identities, negative perceptions, and identity negotiation.

This volume is designed by and for an academic audience. It addresses the dating and mating complexities of the population under study by combining autoethnographic accounts with empirical research and theoretical concepts. As one of the few works to address the intricate interpersonal dynamics surrounding African-American women in the professorate from a scholarly perspective, Eletra S. Gilchrist's Experiences of Single African-American Women Professors: With this Ph.D., I Thee Wed seeks to not only dispel myths and stereotypes, but serve as an instructional tool for other professor hopefuls.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 250Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/2
978-0-7391-7087-8 • Hardback • October 2011 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
978-0-7391-7088-5 • eBook • March 2013 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
Eletra S. Gilchrist is an assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
1 Foreword
2 Acknowledgements
3 Introduction
Part 4 I. Precursors to the Nonmarital Status of African-American Women Professors
5 SEXY: The First Reason I Married My Ph.D.
Chapter 6 1. Black, Educated, and Female
Chapter 7 2. This House is Not a Home
Chapter 8 3. "Acting Like a Lady and Doing Me"
Part 9 II. Demands of the Professorate: Balancing Pedogogical and Relational Pursuits
10 SELF-CONSCIOUS: The Second Reason I Married My Ph.D.
Chapter 11 4. The Myth and Mismatch of Balance
Chapter 12 5. Jumping the Broom
Chapter 13 6. It Costs to be the Boss
Part 14 III. Multi-Layered Relational Challenges of Single African-American Women Professors
15 SANCTIFIED: The Third Reason I Married My Ph.D.
Chapter 16 7. "I'm in the Middle of Nowhere!"
Chapter 17 8. Spirituality, Singleness, and Scholarship
Chapter 18 9. Breaking the Silence
Part 19 Identity Negotiation: Perceptions of Single African-American Women Professors
20 SASSY: The Fourth Reason I Married My Ph.D.
Chapter 21 10. Neither an "Old Maid" nor a "Miss Independent"
Chapter 22 11. Searching for the New Black Woman
Chapter 23 12. You Can Have a Man OR a Career
24 SINGLE: The Fifth Reason I Married My Ph.D.
25 Epilogue
26 Index
27 About the Editor
28 About the Contributors
This compelling collection conveys the complexities of being a single African-American woman professor. The authors apply an array of theories and methods to analyze challenges and consequences of being a member of this small, important group of individuals with doctoral degrees. They offer insights and information that should enlighten their colleagues, students, friends, and families, while also inspiring others like themselves.
Brenda J. Allen, University of Colorado at Denver

In this volume, the voices of Africana women in academia powerfully ring as they unflinchingly explore the complexities and consequences of their life choices without apology.
Heather E. Harris, Stevenson University

Finally...a volume that speaks to the realities of this profession through the voices of an often silenced and invisible group. Dr. Gilchrist has amassed great diversity of perspective, opinions, and research in this necessary text and written by those who experience this reality. And as the pipeline continues to expand, this volume will be essential reading for other Africana women of the future professoriate as well as those who love, respect, and appreciate them.
Kimberly R. Moffitt, University of Maryland Baltimore County

This is really interesting stuff! This topic is so rich, and I love the way the book connects African-American women's experiences to the broader theme of challenges in balancing work and family. I think there are so many commonalities in terms of gender and education, and it is fascinating to read about the specific factors and considerations for African American women.
Anne Marie Choup, University of Alabama Huntsville