ERIC Number: ED254183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Mentors for Female University Administrators: Spouses Identified.
Atteberry, Ruth D.
Characteristics of the relationship between female, upper-level, university administrators and their husbands were surveyed to determine if the husbands served as mentors. It is hypothesized that spousal mentoring occurs for this group and that their relationship is similar to phases of nonspousal mentoring among successful, female corporate managers. In addition to a review of the literature on mentors, results of a survey-based study of female university administrators are compared to a study on female corporate executives conducted by Missirian. Of 111 university survey respondents, 19 indicated that their husbands were the primary influencers in their career development. Interviews were conducted with 10 of the 19 respondents. The comparative data indicated that characteristics of the female corporate manager and the university administrator were different, including characteristics of marital status, average age, educational attainment, and salaries. While none of Missirian's respondents indicated that they had spousal mentors, about 85 percent of both study populations identified strong influencers. Based on the interviews, it is concluded that mentoring occurs between spouses and that the process is similar to that between nonspousal mentors and proteges in professional settings. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Women Administrators
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).