The Shared Experiences of Black Women Faculty in Counselor Education Programs at Predominately White Institutions: A Thematic Analysis
School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)
Black women faculty, counselor education, predominately White institution, recruitment, retention, advancement
Ybarra, Caitlyn, "The Shared Experiences of Black Women Faculty in Counselor Education Programs at Predominately White Institutions: A Thematic Analysis" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3331.
Black women faculty (BWF) are underrepresented in university settings when compared to national representation in the population. This underrepresentation of Black women is also seen in counselor education; however, there is a lack of research regarding the factors that influence BWF to pursue and secure tenured positions at predominantly White institutions (PWIs). Given the current underrepresentation of BWF at PWIs, there is a need to examine the factors that would increase the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty. Prior research has mainly focused on factors that supported the recruitment and retention of Black women doctoral students, but little research has been conducted in examining the factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of BWF. To this end, a qualitative thematic analysis design was used to gain knowledge of the factors that impact the recruitment and retention of BWF members in a counselor education program at a PWI based on their personal experiences. The implications of these themes in the recruitment and retention of BWF in counselor education and supervision and recommendations for future research are discussed.