ERIC Number: ED361610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-6
Career Paths of Women Administrators: The Intersection of Work and Family.
Sederberg, Nancy; Mueller, Cindy
A review of the literature on work and family as it pertains to administrative careers of women in higher education was conducted. The review revealed a continuing increase since 1900 in the number and proportion of women faculty. However, women are not moving up in the academic ranks and therefore are not likely to be considered for administrative posts. The literature review resulted in the formulation of eight hypotheses to be tested in a later study: (1) married women are less likely to move into administrative positions than are married men; (2) single women are more likely to move into administrative positions than are married women; (3) women with orderly careers are more likely to move into and remain in administrative positions than women with disorderly careers; (4) women with one or more children are less likely to hold administrative positions than are women without children; (5) critical life events, such as divorce or death of a spouse, child, or parent, can increase the likelihood that women will move into administrative positions; (6) differences among career paths of women administrators will be apparent by cohort; (7) institutions that value and encourage leadership training for their administrators are more likely to select women for administrative posts than are institutions that do not value leadership training; and (8) private religiously affiliated institutions are more likely to select women for administrative posts than are private independent and public institutions of higher education. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (54th, Orlando, FL, November 5-10, 1992).