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ERIC Number: ED551386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 206
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-8276-2
We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight: An Inquiry of Spirituality and Career Development of Black Women Leaders in Academe
Brown McManus, Kecia Chivonne
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University
The purpose of this study was to explore, with eleven Black women leaders in higher education, their perception of spirituality and its impact on their career development. A purposive sample of Black women leaders at research-intensive institutions along the Eastern seaboard was examined in order to understand: (1) How do participants define "spirituality"? (2) How do Black women leaders in academia describe their "spirituality and career development journey"? (3) How do they use their spirituality in their respective leadership role(s)? (4) What, if any, is the perceived connection between spirituality and career development? The study utilized an explanatory qualitative study, while privileging a phenomenological orientation. Participants completed a survey, an in-person interview, and participated in a focus group meeting (Sister Circle) that further examined their experiences. A Womanist spirituality epistemology was used to better understand the participants' narratives, juxtaposed with three elements of Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT). This epistemological structuring resulted in data that showed dichotomous definitions of spirituality; four common external environmental factors as experienced by the participants; and identification of seven spiritual activities used to impact overt behaviors within the workplace. These data resulted in the inference of seven career-enhancing activities/competencies that these leaders utilized in advancing their careers in academe: (1) "Professional Forecasting," (2) "Professional Maturity," (3) "Political Savviness," (4) "Career Decision-Making," (5) "Mentoring," (6) "Enhanced Work Performance," and (7) "Personal Evidence/Professional Presence." The study concludes with recommendations for future research and practice for college counseling services and similar groups within the helping professions. [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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