A Review of Harris et al. (2017), Stories from the Front of the Room

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higher education, race, citizenship, exclusion, administrators, mentors, invisibility, ethnicity, gender


A review of Michelle Harris, Sherrill L. Sellers, Orly Clerge, and Frederick W. Gooding Jr.'s book Stories from the front of the room: How higher education faculty of color overcome challenges and thrive in the academy is a collection of stories from diverse scholars that provides a thought-provoking, in-depth look at the challenges faculty of color face in the academy.


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Author Biography

Andi Clemons, Florida Gulf Coast University

Andi Clemons is a second-year student in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) with a concentration in higher education leadership. She received a bachelor’s degree in art from The College of Mount Saint Joseph and a master’s degree in integrated studies with a focus on women's leadership from Northern Kentucky University. Andi currently serves as the Director, of Academic Affairs, Administration and Budget in the Office of Academic Affairs at FGCU. She is interested in academic leadership development, faculty resilience, and organizational change.


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How to Cite

Clemons, A. (2022). A Review of Harris et al. (2017), Stories from the Front of the Room. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 9(4), 201–207. https://doi.org/10.29333/ejecs/1483



Book Reviews
Received 2022-11-15
Accepted 2022-12-06
Published 2022-12-10