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ERIC Number: ED552577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2679-5762-7
A Phenomenological Study of African American Women College and University Presidents: Their Career Paths, Challenges and Barriers
Jones, Tavis Alicia
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study was to address the career paths, challenges, and barriers of African American women college or university presidents. In addition, the expectation was to identify the "perceptions" of barriers to acquire the position of president. Using a phenomenological paradigm of inquiry, in-depth semi-structured personal and telephone interviews were conducted with a purposeful sample of 10 African American women college and university presidents. Each interview was tape-recorded with the full permission of the presidents. The outcome of this research is a phenomenological description of these presidents' experiences resulting from their personal reflections. The following seven themes emerged from the data in this study: (a) balancing act; (b) isolation; (c) "isms" (d) presidential aspirations; (e) network and mentorships; (f) challenges; and (g) presidential advice. The findings reveal that their story is one of aspiration that motivates them to overcome any obstacles in their way. Their cooperative energy of these experiences was an exhilarating part of their journeys to the presidency. Results of this study may provide aspiring African American women "leaders" with an understanding of what they might expect to attain the prestigious title of president. [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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