ERIC Number: EJ1190999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
His, Hers, and Ours: Gendered Roles and Resources in Academic Departments
Pifer, Meghan J.
NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, v11 n2 p109-129 2018
This article presents findings from an exploratory study of whether and how gender-based patterns were present in faculty members' departmental networks. A network analysis approach was used to identify if women and men had ties to their departmental colleagues in similar patterns and for similar purposes. Findings from the analysis of network survey and interview data with 19 faculty members in two academic departments suggest that some participants held gendered expectations of collegial support and that perceptions of gender roles may have influenced departmental work and relationships. Gender was salient for women in ways that did not shape the experiences of men in the same departments. There was a tendency for participants to connect to colleagues who were women for teaching-related purposes more than for research purposes or other reasons. Faculty members' relationships with their colleagues may be shaped by their own gender-based assumptions and behaviors as well as those of their colleagues. These differences across gender led to different networks of relationships for various functions of colleagueship, which participants used to obtain different resources that were important for their career success.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Sex Role, Departments, Collegiality, Social Networks, Network Analysis, Expectation, Gender Differences, Gender Issues
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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