Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of Female Athletic Directors on Hiring Practices in Intercollegiate Athletics
by Crump, Latoria Joyce, Ed.D., Northcentral University, 2016, 93; 10141242
Abstract (Summary)

The success of women as athletic administrators in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has not been able to be researched because very few women have held positions in athletic departments in the NCAA Division I, II and III schools. Women in athletic administration have been a major topic, but more importantly the career development of women into the position of athletic administration has limited research applied towards it. The inequitable amount of females in NCAA Division I, II and III school’s athletic departments has continued to be an issue. The problem is that there is not an equitable amount of female athletic directors at NCAA Division I, II and III schools. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the perceptions and observations of school administrators regarding the hiring practices since women have been underrepresented in athletic administrator positions at NCAA Division I, II and III schools. A multiple-case study was considered appropriate because the benefits derived from more than one case were considerable. To gain insight into why there has been an inequitable amount of female athletic administrators at NCAA Division I, II and III schools, 10 athletic administrators from three southern states in the United States have consented to be interviewed. Interviewing was continued until data saturation was reached. Now add key findings to abstract and recommendations. The findings included: (a) the preparation to become an AD was strongly consistent among all participants including their sports backgrounds, educational achievements, and work experiences (b) the knowledge, skills, and ability to serve as AD were possible due to the preparation through education and being confident with their own decision making, and (c) participants emphasized self-confidence as important when they referenced their ability to approach confidently different scenarios while serving as AD and was part of what was needed to be successful. A future qualitative study may be required to study a complete athletic conference concerning the perceptions of female ADs on hiring practices in intercollegiate athletics.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bradley, Jama
Commitee: Barnard, Joni, Pucci, Thomas
School: Northcentral University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 78/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Sports Management, Womens studies
Keywords: Female athletic director, Intercollegiate athletics
Publication Number: 10141242
ISBN: 978-1-339-96637-3
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