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New Book Documents the Importance of Faculty Mentoring Programs at HBCUs

A new book authored by Cassandra Sligh-Conway, a professor of rehabilitation counseling at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, documents the importance of faculty mentoring programs in higher education, particularly at historically Black colleges and universities. The book – Faculty Mentorship at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (IGI GLobal, 2018) – relates successful mentoring experiences of faculty at HBCUs and offers recommendations on ways to enhance mentoring programs.

The book also presents emerging research regarding the importance of recruiting, retaining and promoting faculty within HBCUs and the benefits mentorship offers, such as professional development and psychosocial support.

“The experiences of faculty in this book will hopefully give junior and senior faculty members a unique perspective about how to ultimately be successful at any university. The insight provided in this book is given by faculty from HBCUs exclusively, to highlight how these schools still serve as beacons of opportunity for a diverse faculty body,” Dr. Sligh-Conway said.

Dr. Sligh-Conway is a graduate of Newberry College in South Carolina. She holds a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.



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