Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An analysis of the comparative promotions and career processes of men and women: Pre-, during, and post-U.S. dental school deanships
by Williams, Tammy J., Ed.D., The George Washington University, 2008, 220; 3297032
Abstract (Summary)

This empirical study analyzed the comparative promotions and career processes of men and women pre-, during, and post-U.S. dental school deanships, with an emphasis on data from the American Dental Education Association's (ADEA) 2002 and 1999 Deans' Profile Surveys. All U.S. dental deans who served between 1980 and 2008 answered RQ1. The remaining research questions (RQ2 & RQ3) used a population of all 55 [49 men and 6 (10.9%) women] U.S. dental school deans serving as of December 31, 2002. Basic statistics (means and frequencies) and percentages were calculated and reported in order to characterize each variable.

Predominantly, however, the study used a correlation research design. Research hypotheses were analyzed using Eta and Lambda correlation coefficients in order to establish the values of relationships between genders for each variable. Findings indicated that one of the 11 original hypotheses was upheld based on the data analyses. Women deans reported shorter deanships than did men deans.

In conclusion, the data analyses, across comparative promotion and career progression variables between genders, sustained more nonsignificant values of relationships. The raw data and analyses were valuable and supported profound similarities between the women and men dental deans in 2002. This may reflect the fact that the six (10.9%) women deans in 2002 were among the first 10 women pioneers in dental deanships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McDade, Sharon A.
Commitee: Morahan, Page S., Paratore, Salvatore R., Sinkford, Jeanne C., Weaver, Richard G.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Education and Human Development
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Health education, Womens studies, Labor relations, Higher education
Keywords: Career processes, Deanships, Dental school, Gender differences, Promotion, United States
Publication Number: 3297032
ISBN: 978-0-549-43823-6
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