ERIC Number: ED443488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
A Sociological Multiple Life History Study of Three Female Former Community College Presidents in a Southeastern System.
Ballentine, Angela Rene
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the career development experiences of three female former presidents who were the first to have served in a southeastern community college system. In order to present more personal and historical information about these women, the author selected sociological multiple life history as the methodology for the study. Through in-depth interviews, the three former presidents shared their career development experiences and identified the factors and circumstances which influenced their pursuit of the presidency. Major findings were that a combination of family support, educational nurturing, the development of self-confidence and self-esteem, and the resilience to succeed despite impediments they encountered as adults were important influences in their career success. Especially important were mentoring and role modeling relationships because they helped the former presidents develop self-esteem and self-confidence. Barriers, such as gender stereotyping and the selection of sameness, were also found to inhibit women's access to senior leadership positions. Appendices include the interview protocol. Contains over 400 references. (JA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University.