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ERIC Number: EJ1160283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
The Leadership Role of College Deans and Department Chairs in Academic Culture Change
Bystydzienski, Jill; Thomas, Nicole; Howe, Samantha; Desai, Anand
Studies in Higher Education, v42 n12 p2301-2315 2017
Although it has been decades since gender inequality in academe was first highlighted, institutions around the world continue to struggle with how best to address the problem. Policies and procedures intended to increase women's representation appear to have had limited impact in many departments, especially those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Hence, current gender mainstreaming efforts must focus not only on explicit procedures but also on fostering a broad gender equality culture. This article introduces the approach utilized by one US research-intensive university to provide administrators with the tools and motivation to pursue such goals. Pre- and post-training questionnaires demonstrated that training can shift administrator attitudes. In addition, interviews with participants and surveys of faculty indicated the extent to which this approach altered departmental culture beyond policy and procedure. The results demonstrate the importance of empowered unit administrators--deans and chairs--for the formation of a welcoming and inclusive departmental culture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Leadership Practices Inventory
Grant or Contract Numbers: EHR0811123