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Voices from Women Leaders on Success in Higher Education
Pipelines, Pathways, and Promotion

ISBN 9781032114316
Published February 25, 2022 by Routledge
242 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book assists aspiring and current women leaders on how to advance into higher education leadership roles.

Drawn from research and the lived experiences of women and non-binary people in higher education leadership, this book serves as a guide in understanding the gender disparity in higher education leadership and how women leaders forge pathways to promotion and success through systemic barriers, obstacles, and a lack of representation.

A critical review of traditional leadership theory offers an opportunity to reimagine how effective leadership is framed and valued in higher education. Chapter authors and case studies explore the intersections of multiple identities and their impacts on leadership through lenses, including institutional type, functional areas, ability, gender identity, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.

Focusing on a bridge from theory to practice that is designed to empower and inspire women leaders at all levels of the spectrum, this book is ideal reading for higher education scholars, students, and faculty aspiring to become leaders.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Research and Theory  1. Driving Theoretical Frameworks – Women Leaders in Higher Education Systems  2. Pathways to the Presidency: An Analysis of the Gender Gap at American Four-Year Colleges and Universities  3. Theoretical Frameworks for the Success of Working Mothers 4. A Social Network Framework for Navigating Dynamic Tensions in Leadership Development  Part 2: Perspectives from Women in Senior Leadership Positions  5. Case Studies of Three Women Leaders’ Voices in Higher Education: Understanding the Gender Gap 6. Leading from a Distance with Lessons from Online Teaching to Engage a Remote Workforce  7. Learning from Senior Women Leaders: In Their Own Words  Part 3: Identity and Women’s leadership  8. Understanding and Overcoming Female-to-Female Oppression in Higher Education 9. Intersecting Identities and Value Alignment for Female Leaders in Higher Education  10. Work-Family Thriving for Women in Higher Education Part 4: Effective Practices Considering the Advancement of Women in Higher Education  11. Support, Advocacy, and Best Practices in the Advancement of Women in Higher Education  12. Building Strategic Networks as a Feminist Leader: No "Mentor" Needed  13. Mentorship as an Approach to Promoting Gender Equity in Higher Education Leadership  14. The Role of Online Communities in Leadership Development and Collaborative Mentoring  15. Creative Practice, Pedagogy, and Pathways to Leadership: Ripple Effect of Change  Part 5: Resources  16. Resources for Networking, Community, and Professional Development

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Barbara Cozza is Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University, United States.

Ceceilia Parnther is Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University, United States.


"This collection of leadership essays and the research that supports it reinforce the notion that every person in an organization can be empowered as a leader…Focusing on collaboration, leaders from different types of institutions across the country shine a light on both the progress and lived experience of advocacy, inclusion, and equity. The expectations are high, and the challenges are still formidable. However, the voices and experiences of women leaders gathered here demonstrate that the goals are attainable. This volume is a welcome addition to the literature and a valuable resource for developing and experienced leaders alike."
-From the Foreword by Jo Ann Rooney, President, Loyola University Chicago