1st Edition

Racial Battle Fatigue in Faculty Perspectives and Lessons from Higher Education

Edited By Nicholas D. Hartlep, Daisy Ball Copyright 2020
    260 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Racial Battle Fatigue in Faculty examines the challenges faced by diverse faculty members in colleges and universities. Highlighting the experiences of faculty of color—including African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Indigenous populations—in higher education across a range of institutional types, chapter authors employ an autoethnographic approach to the telling of their stories. Chapters illustrate on-the-ground experiences, elucidating the struggles and triumphs of faculty of color as they navigate the historically White setting of higher education, and provide actionable strategies to help faculty and administrators combat these issues. This book gives voice to faculty struggles and arms graduate students, faculty, and administrators committed to diversity in higher education with the specific tools needed to reduce Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF) and make lasting and impactful change.

    Series Editor Introduction

    Foreword by William A. Smith


    Chapter 1:The Battle of Racial Battle Fatigue

    Nicholas D. Hartlep and Daisy Ball

    Part I: The Racialized Experiences of African Americans in U.S. Higher Education

    Chapter 2: Double Consciousness and Racial Battle Fatigue at a Community College: A Peculiar Sensation

    Robin R. Ford

    Chapter 3: Teaching While Black: My Experience as a Faculty Member at a Predominantly White Institution

    Robert T. Palmer

    Chapter 4: I Feel No Ways Tired: The Exhaustion from Battling the Pathology of Whiteness

    Cleveland Hayes

    Part II: The Racialized Experiences of Asian Americans in U.S. Higher Education

    Chapter 5: Navigating Weird Comments, Stereotypes and Microaggressions as Southeast Asian American Faculty at a Predominantly White Community College

    Andrew Cho and Sopang "Pang" Men

    Chapter 6: When You Name a Problem, You Become the Problem: (En)Countering Whiteness at a Small, Liberal Arts College as a South Asian American Tenured Professor

    Anita Chikkatur

    Chapter 7: Ignored, Pacified, and Deflected: Racial Battle Fatigue for an Asian American non-Tenure Track Professor

    Takumi C. Sato

    Part III: The Racialized Experiences of Latinx in U.S. Higher Education

    Chapter 8: Intersectional Competence Within a Diverse Latinx Community: Conceptualizing Differences at a Hispanic Serving Institution

    Mildred Boveda

    Chapter 9: "Counterspaces" and Mentorship as Resources for Immigrant Faculty of Color Facing Racial Battle Fatigue

    Nadia I. Martínez-Carrillo

    Chapter 10: At the Intersection of Gender and Race: Stories from the Academic Career of a Recovering Sociologist

    Pamela Anne Quiroz

    Part IV: The Politicized Experiences of Native Americans in U.S. Higher Education

    Chapter 11: Tribal College American Indian Faculty Perspectives On Sub-Oppression, Racial Microaggression

    Shandin H. Pete and Salisha A. Old Bull

    Chapter 12: Research and Resistance: Reasons for Indigenous Research Methodologies

    Dawn Quigley

    Chapter 13: Recommendations to Support Indigenous faculty

    Jameson D. Lopez

    Part V: The Racialized Experiences of People of Color in Diversity-Related Faculty Fellow Positions and Non-Tenure-Track Positions in U.S. Higher Education

    Chapter 14: The Convenient, Invisible, Token-Diversity Hire: A Black Woman’s Experience in Academia

    Paula R. Buchanan

    Chapter 15: Experiencing Ellison’s "Battle Royal" in Higher Education

    Martel A. Pipkins

    Chapter 16: Ivory Tower Respectability and el Estado de Estar Harta

    Sayil Camacho

    Afterword: Paying Professional Taxes: Academic Labor Cost for Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty

    Noelle W. Arnold



    Nicholas D. Hartlep is the Robert Charles Billings Endowed Chair in Education and is the Chair of the Education Studies Department at Berea College, Kentucky, USA.

    Daisy Ball is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program in the Department of Public Affairs at Roanoke College, Virginia, USA.

    "Hartlep and Ball have worked together to assemble a powerful anthology that reminds social justice laborers that scholars of color and American Indian scholars continue to fight intellectual and physical battles that tire us, but do not knock us down! Chapters sing a chorus of testimonios that not only name struggles but name the tools they use to combat them, learn from them, and transform them as fuel to keep up the good fight for those who came before us, for those we work for and with, in the present, and for those we can only hope will have a smoother journey ahead."
    —René Antrop-González, Dean and Professor, School of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University, USA

    "Piercingly accurate, painfully validating, and purposefully written. This book is a sobering reminder of the importance of collectively engaging in racial politics in higher education. This collection of autoethnographic accounts of Faculty of Color demonstrates that there is great power and healing potential in naming and collectively challenging the labyrinth of racism in higher education. The counterstories shared and concrete recommendations offered–for both institutional policy and practice, as well as individual tactics of resilience and resistance–expose White Supremacy and the relentlessness of intersectional oppression while also empowering faculty and administrators with specific strategies for fostering racial equity in higher education."
    —Aeriel A. Ashlee, Assistant Professor of College Counseling and Student Development, St. Cloud State University, USA

    "While access to positions in higher education for faculty of color have increased over the decades, among these progressive advancements, however, conditions related to campus climate often remain difficult at best, particularly in white majority-dominated institutions. Hartlep and Ball have assembled a veritable gift box filled with an impressive diverse group of educator-scholars who discuss, from their particular and personal positions as racially minoritized faculty, conditions, stresses, and campus climates working within these institutions."
    —Warren J. Blumenfeld, Lecturer, College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

    "Racial Battle Fatigue in Faculty brings together an impressive cadre of faculty of color who poignantly discuss how Whiteness manifests itself across institutional type. Each chapter captivates the reader and provides rich context and unfortunately painful narratives about how scholars of color survive and thrive despite encountering racial macro-and micro-aggressions. This text should be read by scholars of color considering pursuing academia as it provides nuance about the challenges and opportunities for scholars of color navigating hostile institutions. Moreover, this text should be read by White faculty and administrators to understand how institutional racism and norms push scholars of color to the margins and how they can dismantle these systems to make institutions of higher education safe for faculty of color."
    ––Ramon B. Goings, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, School of Education, Loyola University Maryland, USA

    "The permanence of RBF is clear and present with resounding evidence chapter after chapter.[...]These autoethnographic accounts offer a raw and vulnerable view into RBF, an experience that is webbed at multiple and intersecting layers of experiences for faculty of color and Indigenous faculty.[...]The actionable strategies noted in each chapter also offer hope in that there are pragmatic suggestions that can dismantle—over time—the institutional role that permeates and sustains RBF."
    ––Rosa M. Banda & Alonzo M. Flowers III, Teachers College Record