Black Women are Largely Shut out of Coveted Tenure-Track Positions at Mass. Colleges and Universities

The University of North Carolina may have quelled one controversy when its trustees finally granted tenure to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on Wednesday, but across the country — and in Massachusetts — the number of Black women who are tenured faculty remains rare, the Boston Globe reports.

At public and private nonprofit four-year colleges, slightly more than 2 percent of tenured professors in the US were Black women in the fall of 2019, according to the most recent federal statistics. For two- and four-year colleges in Massachusetts, the number was even smaller at 1.7 percent. Nearly half of the state’s tenured faculty — 46 percent — were white men, the story says.

Read the full story in the Boston Globe.

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