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Dear Department Chair

Letters from Black Women Leaders to the Next Generation

Edited by Stephanie Y. Evans, Stephanie Shonekan, and Stephanie G. Adams; Foreword by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Women's Studies, Race and Ethnicity, Education

Available September 2023
ISBN: 9780814350744
Pages: 176 Size: 5x8
Illustrations: 0 illustrations
Available September 2023
ISBN: 9780814350751

Practical and candid, this book offers actionable steps to help Black women leaders create meaningful success. The reflections and recommendations of the Black women in academic leadership who have contributed these letters to this collection forge a critical and transformative analysis of race, gender, and higher education leadership. With insights from humanities, social sciences, art, and STEM, this essential resource helps to redefine the academy to meet the challenges of the future. Dear Department Chair is comprised of personal letters from prominent Black women department chairs, deans, vice provosts, and university presidents, addressed to current and future Black women academic professionals, and offers a rich source of peer mentorship and professional development. These letters emerged from Chair at the Table, a research collective and peer-mentoring network of current and former Black women department chairs at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. The collective’s works, including this volume, serve as tools for faculty interested in administration, current chairs seeking mentorship, and upper-level administrators working to diversify their ranks.

Stephanie Y. Evans, PhD, is Full Professor in the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and affiliate faculty of the Department of Africana Studies at Georgia State University. She served twelve consecutive years as department chair, from 2010–22. She is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Chair at the Table Research Collective.

Stephanie G. Adams, PhD, is Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, Professor of Systems Engineering, and holder of the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair. She served as President of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2019–20.

Stephanie Shonekan, PhD, is Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was a founding co-director of the Michael A. Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship, and Justice at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Contributors Include:
Stephanie Adams, Stephanie Evans, Tiffany Gilbert, Carol E. Henderson, Regine Jean-Charles, Eunice Myles Jeffries, Julia S. Jordan-Zachery, Sandra Jowers-Barber, April C. E. Langley, Janaka B. Lewis, Theresa Rajack-Talley, Stephanie Shonekan, Colette M. Taylor