Kerry Ann Rockquemore

Kerry Ann Rockquemore is an author and speaker in the field of faculty development and leadership. She spent the early years of her professional career climbing the academic ladder while writing about interracial families. She is author of Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America (2001, 2007), Raising Biracial Children (2005), and over two dozen articles and book chapters on multiracial youth. Kerry Ann’s research has been featured in numerous media outlets such as the New York Times and ABC’s 20/20. After Kerry Ann became a tenured professor (at the University of Illinois at Chicago), her focus shifted towards improving conditions for pre-tenure faculty by creating supportive communities for professional development, writing productivity, and work/life balance. Her award-winning work with under-represented faculty led to the publication of her most recent book The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure Without Losing Your Soul (2008). Kerry Ann now provides workshops for new faculty members at colleges across the United States, leads a popular online discussion forum for under-represented faculty, and works with a select group of new faculty each semester in her Faculty Success Program. She wrote a series of columns for Inside Higher Ed designed to help new faculty members advance toward tenure. She can be contacted via e-mail at KerryAnn@newfacultysuccess.com

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March 30, 2016
Both voluntary and paid mentors can be useful for tenure-track faculty members, but they play fundamentally different roles, explains Kerry Ann Rockquemore.
March 16, 2016
What do you do when people on your campus resist the establishment of a new faculty mentoring program? Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers advice.
March 2, 2016
Underrepresented faculty members face many challenges that differ from those majority faculty experience -- challenges that are escalated, not alleviated, after winning tenure, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore.
February 17, 2016
You don’t need to be a person of color to mentor a colleague of color, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore, but you do need to rethink what it means to be a mentor.
February 3, 2016
Most mentor matches don't work, argues Kerry Ann Rockquemore, because they are based on a fundamentally flawed and outdated model.
January 20, 2016
If you want to know why underrepresented faculty members decide to leave your department, ask them, advises Kerry Ann Rockquemore.
January 6, 2016
Recruiting underrepresented faculty without fixing retention problems creates a revolving door, not long-term change, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore.
December 16, 2015
Afraid to ask a friend or loved one how their book is coming along? Kerry Ann Rockquemore gives advice on what you should do instead.
December 2, 2015
The one thing that will actually lead to a completed dissertation, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore, is the hardest thing for doctoral students to do.
November 18, 2015
Kerry Ann Rockquemore provides tips for transforming an awkward, unhelpful relationship into one that helps you meet your career needs.

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