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ERIC Number: EJ1153876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
Identifying Core Competencies to Advance Female Professors' Careers: An Exploratory Study in United States Academia
Seo, Ga-eun; Hedayati Mehdiabadi, Amir; Huang, Wenhao
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v41 n6 p741-759 2017
This exploratory study aims to identify the core competencies necessary to successfully advance the careers of female associate professors in higher education. To ascertain these core career competencies, a critical incident interview technique was employed. One-to-one semi-structured interviews with six female full professors at a major research university in the Midwestern region of the United States were conducted. Based on participants' career advancement experiences, the following competencies were identified: (1) making important connections, (2) fulfilling responsibilities in academia, (3) being politically savvy, (4) managing personal and professional obligations, (5) developing a sense of self-agency for one's career, and (6) believing in one's self in the work environment. The action-oriented findings of this research, rather than skill-based, can be easily adapted by faculty and institutions, both domestically and internationally, to improve current practices. These findings offer a unique contribution for improving the research and practice of career development among female faculty in higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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