Women Administrators in Christian Universities: Making Family and Career Co-Central
The purpose of this study was to explore how women in administrative positions in Christian higher education integrate their professional and personal lives. Six women in leadership positions in small, faith-based liberal arts colleges were interviewed. Levinson's (1996) concept of gender-splitting was used as a lens to analyze the data. The women in this study have experienced a number of influences that moderate strict notions of gender-splitting: coming from non-traditional homes with working mothers, husbands who provide substantial support with domestic duties, strong personal motivation to achieve, and mentors who provided support and guidance. The women spoke freely of their work as a 'calling' and used their faith in God when meeting a variety of challenges. While gender-splitting was a prevailing influence in the lives of the women in this study there was substantial evidence to show that they were resilient and flexible enough to create pathways to negotiate the commitment to family and the commitment to work in order to manage a successful career in higher education. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Journal of Research on Christian Education
Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
Dindoffer, Tamara; Reid, Barbara; and Freed, Shirley, "Women Administrators in Christian Universities: Making Family and Career Co-Central" (2011). Faculty Publications. 1681.