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Faculty of color in CSD (Horton et al., 2021)

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posted on 2021-08-31, 21:03 authored by RaMonda Horton, Maria L. Muñoz, Valerie E. Johnson
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore demographic characteristics, job satisfaction, workload, challenges and rewards of working in academia, and recruitment/retention advice and recommendations for faculty of color (FOC) in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).
Method: A 43-item anonymous survey, composed of 38 closed-ended and five open-ended questions, was used to collect information from CSD FOC. Thematic analysis was used to capture trends in participant responses.
Results: The responses of FOC in communication disorders to closed-ended questions indicated that they were satisfied with their jobs. Overall, FOC reported spending a significant amount of their time on teaching and student-related activities. They also identified several common rewards and challenges of working in academia and offered key suggestions, advice, and recommendations to students, administrators, and the field. FOC responses to open-ended questions revealed noteworthy concerns related to racialized practices.
Conclusion: Research, policy, and practice focused on the needs of FOC must explicitly examine and address racism in CSD if the field is to develop adequate strategies and mechanisms to support the recruitment and retention of FOC.

Supplemental Material S1. Demographic questions.

Supplemental Material S2. Themes and categories coded for participant responses and themes.

Supplemental Material S3. Integrated overview of themes, categories, and sample responses.

Horton, R., Muñoz, M. L., & Johnson, V. E. (2021). Faculty of color, bulletproof souls, and their experiences in communication sciences and disorders. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. Advance online publication.