Rhonda Erica Baylor-Celey

Howard University

Rhonda Erica Baylor-Celey is an educational psychology Ph.D. candidate and an education research analyst with an expertise in testing and assessments. A graduate of Harvard University, Rhonda has published in both The Journal of Negro Education and New Directions for Higher Education.

Dissertation Title: Black Ph.D. Student Career Goals, with a Special Focus on Becoming a Professor

Dissertation Abstract: Approximately 19.9 million students are currently enrolled in American colleges and universities. While Black people make up approximately 12% of the United States population, 13.7% of the total number of students who are enrolled in higher education institutions are Black. As of 2016, of approximately 1.5 million faculty members across universities and colleges in the United States, only 5.1 percent of the full-time faculty members are Black. Since Black students encompass 13.7% of students enrolled in higher education, there is an underrepresentation of Black faculty members in the nation.  Overall, the purpose of this dissertation is to understand what factors impact career goals for Black Ph.D. students.  More specifically, the study will examine how research self-efficacy, outcome expectations, research activities, and other contextual factors contribute to the formation of career goals. Regression analyses and a MANOVA (multivariate analysis of variance) will be used to conduct these statistical analyses.