Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership P-12

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dr. Natasha Croom

Committee Member

Dr. Daniella Hall Sutherland

Committee Member

Dr. Kristen Duncan

Committee Member

Dr. Brandi Hinnant-Crawford


Despite the progress that has been made regarding racism in education, Black teachers continue to be an underrepresented community among the teaching population. Addressing this underrepresentation can begin with better understanding the experiences of these Black teachers who have served in K-12 institutions. Although these experiences are multifaceted, educational leaders can make strides toward racial equity by fully understanding and acknowledging the impacts that racist interactions have on an individual’s work experience. By using racial microaggressions as a means of analysis researchers and practitioners can better understand the breadth and scope of these covertly racist attacks. Recognizing the influence of racial microaggressions on Black teachers’ experiences at work can be an important step in creating educational policies and practices that can begin expunging racism from the social practices within an institution.



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