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ERIC Number: ED455350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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"Can't You Lighten Up a Bit?" Black Women Administrators in the Academy.
Simpson, Brennetta
This narrative describes a study that examined the stories of black women administrators in traditionally white colleges, identifying coping strategies, patterns, and themes relating to their success. Participants completed interviews that examined such issues as the role of family in preparation for their current leadership positions, current job satisfaction, communication and management styles, support systems, and rejuvenation techniques. Overall, participants believed that they had something to offer to the institution. They were learned, well-read scholars who were passionate about education and published in mainstream journals within the areas of their expertise. They worked hard to remain emotionally balanced, spiritually centered, and academically focused. Most often, God and family were at the center of their lives. They embraced their roles as leaders and understood the relationship of their individual positions to the overall university. Participants had accepted the fact that nobody would fight their battles for them, and if they were to survive in the academy, they had to understand the cultural differences regarding communication between men and women, understand the social and political fears and bias of the majority race, and act accordingly. Despite difficulties surrounding racism, sexism, isolation and pressure to succeed, all were extremely satisfied in their positions. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A