ERIC Number: ED496598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 21
Structuring a Supportive Environment for Women in Higher Education
Howard-Vital, Michelle R.; Brunson, Deborah A.
After participating on a search committee for an academic leader, the authors conduct an empirical and philosophical analysis of factors that influence the work and productivity of women in higher education. The authors query--how can women achieve more balance in educational institutions so they can pursue careers that reflect the complexity and creativity of their lives? Findings from their data suggest that many women perceive that the academic environment can be more supportive. A review of the literature suggests that these perceptions are widespread in higher education. The authors conclude that there is a need for transforming the academic environment so that it produces more productive and less stressed, scholars and leaders who are women. Women in the academy must share the responsibility for articulating and shedding light on their issues. An appendix presents sample open-response questions.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A