ERIC Number: EJ797392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Gendered Leadership: An Organizational Perspective
Eddy, Pamela L.; Cox, Elizabeth M.
New Directions for Community Colleges, n142 p69-79 Sum 2008
This chapter provides a portrait of women's representation in the leadership ranks of community colleges. The study analyzed audiotaped and transcribed interviews with six women community college presidents. Each of the women had been leading her institution for less than five years; one participant was serving in her second presidency. Findings from this research uncovered an organizational structure in community colleges still based on male norms. In particular, the role of the hierarchy and its corresponding reporting structure were present. Although some of the women described their leadership as open and participatory, the hierarchical structure was most apparent. The experiences of these women leaders showcase the types of behaviors that were rewarded as they ascended to the presidency, with links to the disembodied worker inherent in these descriptions.
Descriptors: Females, Incidence, Leadership, Community Colleges, College Presidents, Gender Issues, Disproportionate Representation, Career Development, Family Work Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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