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Influences on female counseling psychology associate professors' decisions regarding pursuit of full-professorship


2005 2005

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In most areas of academia, including counseling psychology, significantly more men than women have achieved full professorship. The reason for this discrepancy is not understood, and there is a dearth of research on this topic. Twelve women who were tenured associate professors of counseling psychology were interviewed regarding their interest in promotion to full-professor. Most participants indicated a strong interest in promotion, and most stated there was nothing that would change their minds about wanting to obtain promotion. Participants agreed that major benefits of full-professorship were an increase in salary and prestige, though there was little agreement about the drawbacks of promotion. Many of the participants reported their universities had vague written guidelines describing what was needed to attain promotion at their universities. These vague criteria caused many women to informally seek further clarification of the written criteria from colleagues and other sources. Pursuit of full-professorship appeared to be encouraged by having a current mentor, receiving encouraging feedback about applying for full professor, and publishing notable research. In contrast, pursuit of promotion appeared to be discouraged by not having a current mentor, feeling discriminated against by departmental colleagues, negative tenure and promotion experiences, feeling that colleagues did not value the participants' research contributions, and by having a conflict between career and family priorities. Implications for research and women in academia are discussed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Psychology;
Academic guidance counseling;
Higher education;
Womens studies
Classification
0621: Psychology
0519: Academic guidance counseling
0745: Higher education
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Psychology; Associate professors; Counseling psychology; Professorship; Women educators
Title
Influences on female counseling psychology associate professors' decisions regarding pursuit of full-professorship
Author
Pruitt, Nathan T.
Number of pages
164
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0116
Source
DAI-B 67/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542501234, 0542501236
Advisor
Knox, Sarah
University/institution
Marquette University
University location
United States -- Wisconsin
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3201929
ProQuest document ID
304992734
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304992734
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