THE PHD GAME: CONFESSIONS OF A BLACK ACADEMIC, IS A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS DETAILING THE DOCTORAL JOURNEYS OF 15 AFRICAN AMERICAN DOCTORAL DEGREE HOLDERS, AND IS SET TO MAKE ITS OFFICIAL LAUNCH DURING THE 2018 BLACK DOCTORAL NETWORK OCT. 26-28 IN CHARLOTTE, N.C.

 

A groundbreaking new anthology is set to make its official launch during the 2018 Black Doctoral Network Oct. 26-28 in Charlotte, N.C.

During the BDN, one of the contributing authors, Dr. D. Anthony Miles, is set to give a keynote address on Oct. 27, followed by a booksigning and social that evening. The authors will also make an appearance at The Twig Bookstore on Dec. 7 and Gemini Ink on Jan. 11 and Feb. 9 in San Antonio, and will then visit New Orleans for the Black History Month New Orleans Literary Weekend Feb. 22-23.

The PhD Game: Confessions of a Black Academic, is a collection of essays detailing the doctoral journeys of 15 African American doctoral degree holders. Although the National Center for Education Statistics named African American women the most educated group in the United States, the quest for doctoral and other advanced degrees is not easy, and is often not completed.

Antoinette Franklin, the book’s managing editor, explained that she started this project to serve as a source of inspiration to future doctoral holders to complete their advanced education.

“The book is a collection of stories of glory, racism, sexism, and happiness,” she said. “It shares their experiences and how they overcame those misfortunes and achieved the pinnacle of education attainment. The book also discusses the issues facing America’s colleges and universities concerning diversity in with the faculty and administration.”

Each contributor to The PhD Game is a current business professional with a background in military, public relations, education, medicine, or law with affiliations with the San Antonio Talented Tenth of San Antonio, Gamma Delta Phi National Honor Society, Catholic Charities, and various fraternities and sororities. In addition, they have been recognized throughout San Antonio, as well as nationally and internationally, appearing in such publications as the San Antonio Observer, Entrepreneur Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Women of Distinction Magazine. The authors are as follows:

  • Dr. Willie J. Black, Educator and Administrator, Judson Independent School District
  • Dr. Sharon Michael Chadwell, Higher Education Professional, Expert in Black Males in Gifted and Talented Programs
  • Dr. Nicolas Cormier, Administrator and Educator (Retired)
  • Dr. Jacqueline Dansby, Executive Director and Professor, St. Mary’s University
  • Dr. Michael J. Laney, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Savannah State University
  • Dr. LaJoyce Lawton, Principal Consultant, Lawton International
  • Dr. D. Anthony Miles, Marketing Expert and Statistician, Miles Development Industries Corporation®
  • Dr. Doshie Piper, Professor and Researcher, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Dr. Lawrence Scott, Professor and Researcher, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Dr. Caroline Sinkfield, Professor and Researcher
  • Dr. Sharon Small, CEO/Early Head Start Director, Parent Child Incorporated (PCI)
  • Dr. Linn R. Waiters, Principal and Founder, Waiters Educational Vision, LLC
  • Dr. Chanel Young, Clinical Psychologist, Fort Hood Army Base & Private Practice
  • Dr. Rhonda M. Lawson, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Founder, Meet the World Image Solutions, LLC
  • Dr. Loren Alves, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at East Carolina University School Of Dental Medicine

“Each author has a unique story to share about the struggles we face in academia as African Americans,” Franklin said. “It is our goal to inspire our young people to greatness!”

The PhD Game: Confessions of a Black Academic will be published by San Antonio publishing house Prosperity Publications, and will be available in paperback and ebook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books A Million.