1st Edition

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

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ISBN 9781032114316
February 25, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 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 text serves as a guide to 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

Foreword: Voices of Change
Jo Ann Rooney


Part 1: Research and Theory

Chapter 1: Driving Theoretical Frameworks – Women Leaders in Higher Education Systems
Barbara Cozza

Chapter 2: Pathways to the Presidency: An Analysis of the Gender Gap at American Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar and Laura H. Jack

Chapter 3: Theoretical Frameworks for the Success of Working Mothers
Shealyn Wolfe

Chapter 4: A Social Network Framework for Navigating Dynamic Tensions in Leadership Development Ekaterina Elgayeva

Part 2: Perspectives from Women in Senior Leadership Positions

Chapter 5: Case Studies of Three Women Leaders’ Voices in Higher Education: Understanding the Gender Gap
Barbara Cozza and Rong Hu

Chapter 6: Leading from a Distance with Lessons from Online Teaching to Engage a Remote Workforce Heather Leslie

Chapter 7: Learning from Senior Women Leaders: In Their Own Words
Sharmila Pixy Ferris and Kathy Waldro

Part 3: Identity and Women’s leadership

Chapter 8: Understanding and Overcoming Female to Female Oppression in Higher Education
Diana Rogers-Adkinson and Heather Feldhaus

Chapter 9: Intersecting Identities and Value Alignment for Female Leaders in Higher Education
Sara Shaw

Chapter 10: Work-Family Thriving for Women in Higher Education
Jessica M. Nicklin and Natasha K. Segool

Part 4: Effective Practices Considering the Advancement of Women in Higher Education

Chapter 11: Support, Advocacy, and Best Practices in the Advancement of Women in Higher Education Mary Liz Jones and Ann Marie Marlier

Chapter 12: Building Strategic Networks as a Feminist Leader: No "Mentor" Needed
Amy Martin and Heather Shea

Chapter 13: Mentorship as an Approach to Promoting Gender Equity in Higher Education Leadership Susan A. McGowan and Elizabeth Gil

Chapter 14: The Role of Online Communities in Leadership Development and Collaborative Mentoring Ceceilia Parnther

Chapter 15: Creative Practice, Pedagogy, and Pathways to Leadership: Ripple Effect of Change
Judit Török and Maura Conley

Part 5: Resources

Chapter 16: Resources for Networking, Community, and Professional Development
Barbara Cozza and Ceceilia Parnther

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

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


"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