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Keeping women silent: A study of female leadership in faith-based institutions
by Johnson, Lisa K., Ph.D., Capella University, 2011, 163; 3465391
Abstract (Summary)

In a vast majority of professional venues including government, business and higher education, men and women are not equally present in the upper echelon of administration. Historically, higher education institutions that are associated with the Churches of Christ have, at the president's cabinet level, had very minimal female representation. Faith-based institutions and those connected to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities have experienced similar inequities though seemingly not as restrictive as that of Church of Christ institutions. Very little research has been done specifically regarding this misrepresentation in upper administration in Church of Christ colleges and universities. This study indicates the perspective of 26 administrators and seeks to ascertain the issues and concerns pertaining to female representation in faith-based higher education administration. Through a qualitative study based on grounded theory, interviews were conducted with 19 female administrators, 1 female president, and 6 male presidents at a variety of faith-based colleges and universities nationwide. Though a plethora of potential points were made regarding the disproportion of females in faith-based higher education administration, the disparity of female mentors was identified as one of the primary reasons women do not attain to many of the executive levels posts in these institutions. Findings indicate that additional research pertaining specifically to Church of Christ institutions needs to be conducted regarding the lack of female representation in the president's cabinet, which is potentially connected to the churches patriarchal stance. This paper makes recommendations based on a variety of areas addressed in the study to allow more women to seek presidential cabinet positions as well as be recognized by Boards of Trustees as capable of fulfilling these posts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Francis, Bruce
Commitee: Adkins, Mac, Auten, Anne
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 72/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Womens studies, Religious education, Higher education
Keywords: Career advancement, Church of Christ, Faith-based institutions, Female career advancement in higher education, Female leadership, Women in faith-based universities, Women in religious education, Women leaders, Women mentors
Publication Number: 3465391
ISBN: 978-1-124-77204-2
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