ERIC Number: ED362080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-15
Female and Male Faculty: Expectations and Interpretations of Presidential Leadership in a Research University.
Johnson, R. Scott
This study examined what men and women faculty members expect of university presidential leadership, whether men see leadership in terms of authority and hierarchy and whether women look more for community. Using an analysis of discourse, the study interviewed 30 faculty members at a public, research university in the western United States. The university's president was male and new to the university although this was his third presidential position. The participants all thought that the most important quality a president needs is vision. In addition both male and female faculty viewed the ability to communicate and to interact with a variety of funding sources as a critical skill for a president. Other skills and qualities sought by faculty in a president were fostering collegiality in relations between faculty and president through shared scholarly experience and achievement as well as an ability to make decisions, particularly difficult budgetary ones. Though faculty wanted a significant voice in governance and preferred decisions reached via consensus, faculty also advocated the need for strong leaders to make the tough decisions. Overall, no significant differences were found between male and female faculty members' expectations and interpretations of presidential leadership along gender lines. Contains 24 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 1993).