ERIC Number: ED253176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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A Study of the Graduate Deanship: Does Gender Make a Difference? Report of the Committee on Women, 1983-84.
Lawrence, Joyce V.; And Others
Graduate school deans were surveyed to determine whether their sex caused any significant differences in any aspect of their careers. Attention was directed to their backgrounds, college administrative experience, perceived power within the areas of their job functions; job satisfaction, long-range goals, and the size and function of the graduate office. A total of 247 usable responses to a questionnaire were received, representing a 66 percent response rate. By sex, 37 of 42 females deans responded, compared to 212 of 335 male deans. There were few significant differences between male and female graduate deans. Although most deans held administrative posts at some time before becoming graduate deans, 44 percent were faculty members before becoming deans. Male deans had spent significantly more years in higher education than had female deans. While graduate studies were the main function for 43 percent of the deans, 32 percent were involved with research and grants. There were no significant differences in the number of professional staff reporting to male and female deans. Overall, the deans had the most authority over setting graduate school policy, reviewing programs, and recommending program terminations. They had little authority in managing recovered costs, faculty hiring, promotion and tenure, and fund-raising. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.