Women and Leadership in Higher Education

Edited by:
Karen A. Longman, Azusa Pacific University
Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University

A volume in the series: Women and Leadership. Editor(s): Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University. Karen A. Longman, Azusa Pacific University. Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Concordia College, MN.

Published 2014

Women and Leadership in Higher Education is the first volume in a new series of books (Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice) that will be published in upcoming years to inform leadership scholars and practitioners. This book links theory, research, and practice of women’s leadership in various higher education contexts and offers suggestions for future leadership development strategies. This volume focuses on the field of higher education, particularly within the context of the United States—a sector that serves a majority of students at all degree levels who are women, yet lacks parity by women in senior leadership roles.

The book’s fifteen chapters present both hard facts regarding the current demographic realities within higher education and fresh thinking about how progress can and must be made in order for U.S. higher education to benefit from the perspectives of women at the senior leadership table. The book’s opening section provides data and analysis in addressing “The State of Women and Leadership in Higher Education”; the second section offers descriptions of three effective models for women’s leadership development at the national and institutional levels; the third section draws from recent research to present “Women’s Experiences and Contributions in Higher Education Leadership.” The book concludes with five shorter chapters written by current and former college and university presidents who offer “Lessons from the Trenches” for the benefit of those who follow. In short, the thesis of the book is that our world is changing; higher education collectively, as well as institutions of all types, must change. Bringing more women into leadership is critical to the goal of moving our society and world forward in healthier ways.

Foreword, Warren Bennis. Introduction, Karen A. Longman & Susan R. Madsen. PART I: THE STATE OF WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION. Benchmarking Women’s Leadership in Academia and Beyond, Lynn M. Gangone & Tiffani Lennon. Women at the Top: The Pipeline Reconsidered, Barbara Kellerman & Deborah L. Rhode. Leadership Out Front and Behind the Scenes: Young Women’s Ambitions for Leadership Today, Nannerl O. Keohane. PART II: STRATEGIES FOR WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. American Council on Education’s IDEALS for Women Leaders: Identify, Develop, Encourage, Advance, Link, and Support, Leah Witcher Jackson Teague & Kim Bobby. HERS at 50: Curriculum and Connections for Empowering the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Higher Education, Judith White. Developing Women’s Leadership: An Innovative and Unique Approach to Raising Leadership Capacity, Lorri Sulpizio. PART III: WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP. Women’s Contributions to Leadership and the Road Ahead, Adrianna Kezar. Approaches of Women Leaders in Higher Education: Navigating Adversity, Barriers, and Obstacles, Amy Diehl. Women Leaders, Authenticity, and Higher Education: Convictions and Contradictions, Rita Gardiner. Madame President: Gender’s Impact in the Presidential Suite, Mary L. Bucklin. PART IV: LESSONS FROM THE TRENCHES: PERSPECTIVES FROM FEMALE PRESIDENTS. Leadership Legitimacy, Managed Authenticity, and Emotional Stability: Keys to a Successful Presidency, Rita Bornstein. Docs, Jocks, and Other Wildlife: The Challenges and Potential for Women Leaders in the 21st Century Public Research University, Ann Hart. Twenty-First Century Presidents Must Work With Multiple Stakeholders and Be Agents of Change, Sherry Penney. No Te Dejes: Giving Voice to Issues That Choose You, Juliet Garcia. Grounded, Karen Holbrook.