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African-American faculty are extremely valuable contributors to their respective areas. They bring direct knowledge of the strengths and needs of their communities and serve as role models to aspiring students. Unfortunately some African-American faculty are not successful at getting promotion and or tenure in part because of a lack of mentors and or a lack of clarity regarding tenure criteria. This paper focuses on four issues that are relevant to the tenure process, namely, politics, the publication process, developing a research agenda and submission of the tenure "package".