1st Edition

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

Edited By Barbara Cozza, Ceceilia Parnther Copyright 2022
    242 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 Waldron

    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 AnnMarie 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


    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