Women and Academic Leadership

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Leadership and Research

 Chair at the Table is a research collective of current and former department chairs at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. This project represents an opportunity to consider Black women’s perspectives of academic leadership, particularly in light of the 50th Anniversary of Black Studies and Women's Studies in the years 2019-2020. 

Resources for Administrators

 Experienced academic administrators in a variety of disciplines have written reflections and recommendations to serve as a resource. These discussions, to be published in the Palimpsest Journal (SUNY Press), are tools for faculty interested in administrative experience, mentoring guides for current chairs, and reference points for upper-level administrators who are working to diversify their ranks.    

"A Seat at the Table"

 The dozen scholars in this collection have decades of experience at various institution types and now publish and present papers that collectively suggest a paradigm shift in the perception and experience of unit heads in higher education. Inspired by Solange's "Seat at the Table" and "Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)," this collective writes to "make less war" inside and outside the walls of academe.  



Stephanie Y. Evans, PhD

 Dr. Evans is Professor and Director of the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality at Georgia State University.


Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, PhD

 Dr. Sharpley-Whiting is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Humanities (AADS and French), Chair of African American and Diaspora Studies, and Director of the Callie House Center at Vanderbilt University.  

working symposium: september 13, 2019

Mid-Career Workshop Presenters


Stephanie Y. Evans  Georgia State University | Personal Page

Tracy Sharpley-Whiting  Vanderbilt University 

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Stephanie Adams 

Dean of the Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science 

University of Texas-Dallas

Katherine Bankole-Medina

Professor of History and Distinguished Faculty Researcher

Copping State University | Personal Page 

Margo Crawford

Professor of English and Director of the Center for Africana Studies

University of Pennsylvania 

Michelle Dunlap 

Professor of Human Development Department 

Connecticut College 

Tara T. Green 

Linda Carlisle Excellence Professor of Women's and Gender Studies

University of North Carolina-Greensboro | Personal Page 

Carol Henderson 

Inaugural Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity

Officer, and Advisor to the President

Emory University 

Donna Nicol 

Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies

California State University-Dominguez Hills | Personal Page

Theresa Rajack-Talley 

Inaugural Vice-Provost of Equity & Inclusion

Dalhousie University 

Noliwe Rooks 

Professor of Africana Studies

Cornell University | Personal Page 

Janice Sumler-Edmond 

Professor Emerita of United States History and Constitutional Law

Houston-Tillotson University 

Stephanie Shonekan 

Professor and Chair of W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies

University of Massachusetts-Amherst | Personal Page 

Special thanks to: 

Dr. Tiffany Patterson, Dr. Claudine Taffe, Ms. Lennita Tate, and Dr. Gilman Whiting



Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International

 Palimpsest is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes cutting edge interdisciplinary scholarship and creative work by and about women of the African Diaspora and their communities in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds.  A partnership between Vanderbilt University’s African American and Diaspora Studies Program and the State University of New York (SUNY) Press, the journal is published twice a year and accepts submissions on a rolling basis. 

The Chair at the Table special issue of Palimpsest is expected to be published in fall or winter 2020. Updates will be posted here when the collection is available.


Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

National Women's Studies Association

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

National Council for Black Studies

HERS: Women Leaders in Higher Education

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