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ERIC Number: ED554843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 124
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ISBN: 978-1-3031-0873-0
A Study of Attitudes of Female Faculty Members Serving in Complementarian Conservative Theological Institutions
Ellen, Venessa Yvette
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Problem: The problem of this study was to determine whether attitudes of female faculty members employed by conservative theological colleges and seminaries reflected a complementarian perspective of biblical womanhood. Additionally, this study evaluated how these attitudes related to the female faculty member's home life and her understanding of her role as a Christian woman in regards to her personal, professional and ministry environments. Research Question: There were four qualitative research questions that guided the exploration of participants in this study: How does a woman who believes God's role for her in the world, the home and the marketplace is to complement and not compete with men, handle the realities of day to day life in a predominantly male environment? How does she perceive gender equality in the marketplace? Is she bitter or better because of it? How does her heart attitude towards various career situations affect her home life and productivity in her local church? Procedures: Purposeful, criterion sampling provided 30 female faculty members from 6 major evangelical colleges or seminaries. One participant withdrew from the study. Participants had an average age range of 21 to 68 years of age and had been in their positions an average of 14 years. Participants were interviewed for qualitative data collection. Descriptive examinations of the perceptions and experiences of complementarian female faculty members who are employed by conservative theological colleges or seminaries were conducted through face to face, semi-structured interviews. These interviews were transcribed and the data was coded and analyzed using NVivo 10 software. Findings and Conclusion: Through qualitative data analysis three prominent themes and/or patterns were found. Findings indicated tremendous variance regarding the following: (1) What it means to be Complementarian, (2) What extent the faculty members definition of Complementarinism determined their actions in the classroom, and (3) How their theological differences regarding interpretation of various Scriptures aided in their definition and practice of Complementarinism in their home, church, and institution. These findings will contribute to the current literature on Complementarinism and posit suggestions for improving doctrinal instruction regarding Complementarinism for schools of evangelical higher education and evangelical churches in general. [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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