This book explores the role and experience of African American women scholars and educators in the field of human, family, and consumer sciences. Its five sections cover careers in education, the role of historically Black colleges and universities, opportunities and challenges brought about by the internationalization of the field, opportunities for new careers paths in the human sciences, and the current and future role of technology. The contributors come from a variety of backgrounds with experiences in research, teaching, outreach, and service. Taken together, the essays capture the vitality and diversity of knowledge that has, over time, assisted in transforming the field.
Vanessa P. Jackson is chair and professor in the Department of Retailing and Tourism Management in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the University of Kentucky.
Jacqueline M. Holland, CFCS, is associate professor and Interim Department Director for Family and Consumer Sciences at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland.
Julia R. Miller Arline is professor and dean emeritus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
Part I Women, Education, and Careers
Quest for Education: Empowerment of Women of Color
Julia R. Miller Arline
William H. Whittaker, Jr.
African American Women’s Pathway to Leadership Success: Resilience to Challenges Built on Mentoring and Spirituality
Vanessa P. Jackson
Julia R. Miller Arline
Professional Working Women: A Qualitative Look at African American Mothers
Nina Lyon Bennett
Getting and Staying in the Mainstream: African American Women’s Contribution to the Human Sciences
Julia R. Miller
Administrative Acumen in Working with Our Next Generation of Professionals
Ethel G. Jones
Effects of Stressful Trauma on Black Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health
Quantanise M. Williams
Celebrating the Journey, an Extension Legacy: Past, Present, and Future A Biography of Dr. Alma Hobbs
Alice F. Joyner
Part II Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Opportunities and Challenges
Past, Present, and Future: An Exploratory of Transformation, Leadership, and Contributions of the Home Economics Department at Virginia State University
Dana D. Legette‐Traylor
Responding to 21st Century Opportunities and Challenges: Family and Consumer Sciences Achievements and Impact at 1890 Land‐Grant Institutions
Ahlishia J. Shipley
William H. Whitaker, Jr.
Brenda A. Martin
The Value of AAFCS Accreditation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
LaTonya J. Dixon
Cynthia M. Smith
Part III Internationalization and the Human Sciences
Global Contributions of the Human Sciences
Jacqueline M. Holland
Progress and the Endless Battle: Injustices against Women and Girls
Learning Outcomes in an Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Program: Developing a Global Perspective
Bettye P. Smith
Part IV Human Sciences Foundations for New Career Paths
Young Children and Community Engagement: An Ecological Approach
Amber N. Smith
A Human Sciences Career in Transition: Continuity and Reinvention in Health Equity
Penny A. Ralston
Family and Consumer Sciences in the Middle: Opportunities for Guiding Career Development
Only One in the Room: Reflections on the Career of Shirley Hymon‐Parker, Ph.D.
Part V Technology: Wave of the Present and Future
Media, Technology, and the Family: Exploring the “CASIE” Model of Media Use in Youth Development
Lacey J. Hilliard
Danielle C. Stacey
Richard M. Lerner
Technology Enhances Secondary Family and Consumer Sciences Instruction
Maggie A. Caples
About the Contributors
This book is powerful and a must-read for human sciences professionals and beyond. It captures diverse perspectives and expands the untold knowledge that professionals are looking for.
This book is a wonderful complement to the earlier book, African American Women: Contributions to the Human Sciences. To understand the profession today and its future, understanding its historical and current challenges and opportunities, barriers and achievements of professionals of color are important perspectives previously untold.
Interesting and timely documentation of African American women’s experiences and contributions to the Human Sciences Profession as they faced many challenges in the workplace. They are role models for future generations of women. A much-deserved tribute to HBCUs that prepared generations of students for careers in the Human Sciences Profession as teachers, researchers, administrators, and organizational leaders.
Out of the shadows and into the spotlight—this book is an invaluable resource for understanding the experiences, dedication, and aspirations of African American professionals in the Human Sciences. The chapters cover a wide array of topics within Family and Consumer Sciences academic programs and the role of leadership in building enduring programs and embracing new avenues for achievement.