Date of Award

Summer 2023

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Education, PhD


School of Educational Studies

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Susan J. Paik

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Dina Maramba

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Linda Perkins

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Rights Information

© 2023 Kenya Marshall Harper


African American female faculty, Talent development

Subject Categories

African American Studies | Educational Leadership | Women's Studies


African American female professors hold prominent, influential roles inside and outside university settings. In universities, professors are impactful mentors and role models influencing students' academic dispositions and outcomes (Zinn & Walker, 2018; Hine & Thompson, 1998). In communities, they provide meaningful scholarship that influences academic, workplace, and extracurricular equity and advancement opportunities (Njoku & Patton, 2017; Evans, 2016; Cooper, 2006). The current study investigates the individual aptitude, school/instruction , and environmental factors influencing African American females' life-span academic talent development. A mixed-method research approach, including a structured interview protocol and online survey, is used to investigate study participants' early to professional year development. Findings showed that tenure and tenure-track professors result from the various opportunities, supports, and resources aiding their academic talent development. Additionally, findings showed the essential role family members/caregivers, mentors, quality schools, and instruction play in developing their academic talent. Therefore, parents/caregivers, educators, and policymakers should provide equitable early access to conducive learning environments emphasizing academic talent development across individuals’ early academic, college, and professional years.