ERIC Number: ED320298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Getting To Be a Professor of Educational Administration: A Study of How Females "Got" the Job.
Mertz, Norma T.; McNeely, Sonja R.
Women professors in educational administration have moved from near obscurity to relative visibility in the last 15 years. The process by which they obtained their positions and their perceptions of the process are the subjects of this descriptive survey research. Specifically, the study attempted to identify factors perceived by women professors as important for obtaining their first positions as professors of educational administration. Questionnaires were sent to an initial sample of 273 female professors in educational administration and higher education with an overall return rate of 46 percent. Women reported that the factors for attaining their positions, in order of importance, were: (1) brokering; (2) being "known quantities"; and (3) their own qualifications. The findings indicate that male advisors acting as brokers were instrumental in obtaining positions, and that mentoring was perceived as a less important factor. A majority of respondents identified publications as important in securing overall positions, which raises the issue of doctoral programs' effectiveness in preparing students for professional academia. The findings cannot be generalized to all female professors' experiences, but provide an exploratory base for further study. (17 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).