The assistant professor is up for tenure next year, and he’s concerned. His course evaluations were low, and he knows that he needs to show students not only that he’s an effective teacher but also that he cares.
And those aren’t the only issues.
He is one of only two black male law professors at his university — just the second ever to go up for tenure — and to him the bar for promotion appears higher than for his white peers. He believes he has more to prove, more barriers to overcome.
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