Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The career path of the female superintendent: Why she leaves
by Robinson, Kerry Kathleen, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013, 226; 3560514
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study used a phenomenological approach to determine the reasons why women leave the superintendency. This study not only illustrated the different ways a woman can leave the position of superintendent but also the reasons she would choose to leave. These reasons can be either positive or negative, but they rarely are the sole cause for why a woman leaves the position.

This interview study of 20 female participants who served as superintendent in the Commonwealth of Virginia identified four main themes as to why a woman chose to leave the superintendency. These included: (a) it wasn't the job I thought it would be; (b) the struggles with family; (c) taking care of herself; and (d) I'm not the right fit for the community. The study also identified the routes women take to leave the superintendency which include retirement, leaving for another superintendency, movement into another position within PK-12, opportunity in higher education, working as an educational consultant, or moving into a position outside of education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shakeshaft, Charol
Commitee: Hutchinson, Janet, Sherman Newcomb, Whitney, Stemhagen, Kurt
School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Womens studies
Keywords: Career paths, Gender, Leadership, Superintendency, Women administrators
Publication Number: 3560514
ISBN: 978-1-303-06566-8
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