Fred Bonner II to Edit New Book Series on Racial and Gender Diversity in the Academy

Fred A. Bonner II, a professor in the department of educational leadership and counseling at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, has announced the launching of a book series, “Diverse Faculty in the Academy,” with Routledge Publishers. The book series aims to provide an opportunity to research, write, and talk about faculty members’ experiences in higher education, specifically in minority-serving institutions, such as historically Black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions.

“We want to provide these faculty members the opportunity to come together to talk about the critical opportunities and challenges they’re having to face in these educational spaces,” Dr. Bonner said. “So often we don’t hear the narratives and voices of faculty of color and what it means to be a faculty member in the HBCU context.”

Dr. Bonner is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he majored in chemistry. He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and an educational doctorate from the University of Arkansas.

The first book in the series is Racial Battle Fatigue in Faculty: Perspectives and Lessons from Higher Education. The book is edited by Nicholas D. Hartlep, the Robert Charles Billings Endowed Chair in Education at Berea College in Kentucky, and Daisy Ball, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.

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  1. Congratulations and thank you Dr. Bonner for your work in examining this area of academia! You provided great insights for me when you visited Mars Hill University in 2018. As the only faculty member at a HWI knowing that these challenges are widespread and not just localized is a relief.

    • Dr. McCoy…Congratulations. I look forward to reading your most valuable work. The title is an encouragement to read it being a professor at a PWI. I know first hand challenges African American face in such an environment.

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