ERIC Number: ED330111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Male and Female Professors of Educational Administration: A Comparative Study.
Mertz, Norma T.; McNeely, Sonja R.
Differences between the experiences and perceptions of male and female educational administration professors are examined in this comparative study, which focuses on perceptions of how they obtained their positions and the factors for securing them. Data from a mailed questionnaire of 100 male educational administration professors, which produced a 58% response rate, were compared with findings from the 1990 survey of 121 female counterparts. Findings indicate little change in the ways in which recent and senior hires, both male and female, obtained their positions. Inadvertent and unconscious bias against women was evidenced in the male-dominated practices of student brokering and social networking. Men and women identified similar overall factors for their employment but assigned them different importance; the job interview and individual credentials were perceived as the most influential factors by women and men, respectively. The fact that men's and women's perceptions were more similar than different suggests that they face similar "realities" and that selection criteria appear to transcend differences of gender, experience, timing, and institution. Two tables are included. (18 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Administrator Education, College Faculty, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Faculty Integration, Faculty Recruitment, Females, Higher Education, Personnel Selection, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Women Faculty
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).