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Female Administrators in Higher Education: Victories, Broken Barriers, and Persisting Obstacles


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Many women working within institutions of higher education remain in middle-management roles, rather than senior-administrative positions (Gangone, 2008). Researchers surmise that women may be limited by their own personal choices and/or the external demands of the higher education work environment (Apter, 1993; Bender, 1980; Marshall, 2009; Nobbe & Manning, 1997; Reeves, 1975; Saguria & Johnsrud, 1985).

This study investigated barriers with which Caucasian females have contended with, and overcame, throughout their non-academic senior administrative roles at institutions of higher education. The following research questions were developed in order to address issues women face in overcoming barriers. (1) What do Caucasian, non-academic, female, senior administrators within higher education perceive as the barriers they faced throughout their careers? (2) How do Caucasian, non-academic, female, senior administrators in higher education describe overcoming the barriers they faced throughout their careers as senior level administrators? (3) What do Caucasian, non-academic, female, senior administrators perceive as adjustments needed in institutions of higher education to reduce barriers women face throughout their careers as non-academic, senior administrators in higher education?

In-depth interviews and document analysis were used to identify emerging themes and patterns to develop constructs. A purposeful sample of Caucasian, nonacademic, female, senior administrators was selected based on the richness of information they could provide. It should be noted, that although it was not the original intent of this study, the participants of this study were all currently employed in senior management roles at religious institutions of higher education.

The finding in the study revealed that participants were in agreement regarding unique barriers that women face throughout their careers. These findings suggest that one of the most significant and agreed upon barriers for women was managing both family and work responsibilities. Additionally, participants described barriers regarding male dominance in senior positions at institutions of higher education and the good old boy network. In terms of overcoming barriers, participants agreed that they had to prove their credibility in several ways. Moreover, participants suggested that leaders at institutions of higher education should cultivate the professional of female leaders and learn to value their leadership styles.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Higher Education Administration;
Educational leadership;
Womens studies;
Gender studies
Classification
0446: Higher Education Administration
0449: Educational leadership
0453: Womens studies
0733: Gender studies
Identifier / keyword
Education; Social sciences; Administrators; Barriers; Gender; Higher education; Women; Women administrators
Title
Female Administrators in Higher Education: Victories, Broken Barriers, and Persisting Obstacles
Author
Cosimini, Susan Heather
Number of pages
159
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
1346
Source
DAI-A 72/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124654065
Advisor
Kite, Stacey L.
Committee member
Perakslis, Christine; Runey, Mim; Sargent, Frank A.
University/institution
Johnson & Wales University
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Rhode Island
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3456113
ProQuest document ID
871226852
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/871226852
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