ERIC Number: ED383269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-21
From Matron to Maven: A New Role and New Professional Identity for Deans of Women, 1892 to 1918.
This paper examines the role of "deans of women" at coeducational universities in the United States at the turn of the century, focusing on the careers of Marion Talbot (University of Chicago, 1892-1925), Mary Bidwell Breed (Indiana University, 1901-1906), Ada Comstock (University of Minnesota, 1906-1912), and Lois Kimball Mathews (University of Wisconsin, 1911-1918). It discusses the actions that each woman took to make coeducation a success at her institution. The paper reviews the role of Talbot in organizing the first conference for deans of women in Chicago in 1903, as well as Breed's role as president of the Conference of Deans and Advisors of Women in State Universities, founded by the group in 1905. It then examines the role of Comstock in the creation of the Student Self-Government Association at Minnesota in 1906 to help run the school's female dormitory, as well as Mathews's role at Wisconsin and the influence of her book, "The Dean of Women," the first book on the profession that eventually became known as student affairs. (Contains 36 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 21, 1995).