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ERIC Number: ED553098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 173
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-3233-2
"Filling the Seat": The Pathway to the Superintendency for One African-American Woman Superintendent
Davis-Jones, Shelly A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Roosevelt University
The underrepresentation of women who are school superintendents is problematic, especially given the number of women who are classroom teachers and principals. This oral history study examines and describes how one African-American female superintendent, despite the conditions of racial and gender marginalization and oppression, attained her position and successfully leads a school district. The participant in this study has many unique characteristics; however, what makes her important to this study is that she is one of the few Black women superintendents in the United States. This oral history study focuses on the respondent's childhood influences, educational history, the barriers she encountered towards her career path to the superintendency, and her work as a district superintendent. Using feminist standpoint theory, this study examines the intersectionality of race, class, and gender in her life and work. Specifically, I analyze her professional preparation, sense of self-efficacy, support networks and mentoring, the racial and gender barriers she encountered, and her professional achievements and career reflections. I conclude by discussing the critical need for women, and especially Black women, to serve as formal and informal mentors, not just for those women who aspire to the superintendency, but for women who are already "filling the seat." [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: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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