The shrinking population of Black male doctoral degree holders may hold much of the key to the problems of Black women. Declines in Black male interest in doctoral degrees, has clearly not spelled gains for the recruitment of Black female scholars. New evidence of these patterns is visible in the latest government data on academic achievement of Black women and teaching job success. While Black women are achieving at high rates, they are also systematically by-passed by an expanded recruitment of African and Caribbean males to fill teaching positions in doctoral and research institutions. This new trend has probably reduced Black women's chances more than any other. Second, the new found Black male networks have had major success in assuring members get support and information on academic jobs. Major questions need to be raised about these trends and more attention focused on unearthing and correcting root causes of specific discriminatory treatment of Black women in university faculty hiring and promotion.


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