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ERIC Number: ED549740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 214
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-0425-4
Exploratory Study of Asian Pacific American Female Leaders in Higher Education
Mella, Hazel Roca
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study was to determine if and to what extent the model minority myth prevents "Asian Pacific American" ("APA") women from achieving the president or chancellor position in higher education institutions. This study explored the experiences of APA female leaders who are presidents and chancellors to discover their notions of leadership despite the constraints, if any, of the "model minority" stereotype. It sought to find, through these women's experiences, other societal barriers that may bar APA women from attaining leadership positions. It also sought to determine what resources, if any, aid APA women in pursuing a leadership role. The following research question guided this study: What barriers have obstructed APA women from attaining the top leadership position in higher education? The following secondary questions were used to help answer this main question: What barriers did the women have to overcome in order to attain their top leadership position? How did these barriers help or hinder their career path? What motivated and/or inspired them to attain this top leadership position? How has the model minority stereotype influenced their career? Before attaining their position, had they been overlooked for appointment to leadership positions? If so, did the experience of being overlooked for leadership positions change their perspective about the model minority stereotype? This dissertation utilized a qualitative narrative research design with a phenomenological approach suitable for determining developing themes and emerging theories from the women's lived experiences. From this study, six major conclusions were drawn. First, the model minority stereotype affects APA women's careers in higher education. Second, APA women simultaneously experience and deny the impact of the myth of the model minority. Third, external barriers keep APA women from attaining top leadership positions in higher education. Fourth, self-created barriers keep APA women from attaining the top leadership position in higher education. Fifth, the practice by institutions of higher education of not acknowledging APA women in affirmative action policies negatively affects APA women. Finally, mentorship serves as a resource to helping APA women overcome barriers to top leadership positions in higher education. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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