Muriel Elizabeth Shockley is a 2013 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.


African American Studies, Black Studies, Educational Leadership, Gender Studies, Higher Education, Womens Studies Women, Academy, Faculty, Professors, Change Agents, Grounded Theory, Blacks, Race, Activism

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This study explored the complexities of African American women scholar-activists' lived experiences in predominately white institutions of higher education. Existing scholarship on African American women's experiences in the academy locates these academicians in predominately white research universities and liberal arts colleges (PWI's) as well as historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU's) and focuses on the tenure process, recruitment and retention, evaluation, student relationships, career satisfaction, mentoring, survival strategies, and administrative leadership. Overwhelmingly the foci of the research are the challenges African American women scholars face and the concomitant strategies employed to militate the consequences. Less apparent are the ways African American women scholar-activists act as catalysts for transformational societal, institutional and individual change. A review of the literature revealed that scholarship on African American women faculty as change agents remains sparse; absent is a grounded theory study focused on the processes related to the embodiment of transformative agency of African American women in predominately white institutions proposed in this study. The electronic version of this Dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center,


Dr. Muriel Shockley is a professor at Goddard College.