Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Arkadie, Nicole


The intersectionality of race and gender affects the progression and experience of Black women in tenure-ranked positions in higher education. As Black women navigate the tenure process, they encounter systemic issues while fulfilling the criteria of teaching, service, and research. Black women's experiences while obtaining and maintaining tenure-ranked positions in Southern California reflect the discrimination, biases, lack of respect, and value of their roles and contributions to academia. In addition, Black women are being challenged more and questioned regarding their abilities and roles by peers, students, and academic administration. Research studies in the past have demonstrated the underrepresentation of Black women in academia; however, there is a gap in the literature regarding Black women who occupy tenure-ranked positions. The purpose of this study is to bridge the gap through a qualitative exploratory approach. The proposed hypothesis and literature review aligned with the five themes identified through data collected during interviews with Black women. Recommendations for Social work, policy, and future research implications were provided.

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