“I See the Potential in You”: HBCU Provosts’ Use of Purposeful Perspective-Taking to Promote Broadening STEM Participation



Authors: Angelicque Tucker Blackmon, Karyl Askew, Camille A. McKayle, Kimarie Engerman
Keywords: purposeful perspectives, broadening participation, STEM, higher education, conservation of resources


Format: Chicago Manual of Style

Tucker Blackmon, A., Askew, K., McKayle, C., Engerman, K.“ ‘I See the Potential in You’: HBCU Provosts’ Use of Purposeful Perspective-Taking to Promote Broadening STEM Participation” The Journal of Negro Education, 90, No. 3 (2021): 322-333.

Abstract: Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were established to provide African Americans with higher education access. This article used phenomenological analysis to illuminate HBCU provosts’ perspectives on leadership styles and successes to broaden STEM participation within higher education’s historical hegemony. A diverse group of provosts representing public and private HBCUs was interviewed. The conservation of resources (COR) theory was used as an analytic framework. Findings showed that provosts exhibited nurturing behaviors in STEM leadership, characterizing their leadership styles as collaborative, supportive, and inclusive. Provosts used personal resources to facilitate STEM success, focusing on students’ potential through purposeful perspective-taking. The strategy of purposeful perspective-taking has implications for future research and leadership training.

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