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Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Theory, Research, Narratives, and Practice From Feminist Perspectives
     

Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Theory, Research, Narratives, and Practice From Feminist Perspectives

by Penny A. Pasque
 

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How do we interrupt the current paradigms of sexism in the academy? How do we construct a new and inclusive gender paradigm that resists the dominant values of the patriarchy? And why are these agendas important not just for women, but for higher education as a whole?

These are the questions that these extensive and rich analyses of the historical and

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How do we interrupt the current paradigms of sexism in the academy? How do we construct a new and inclusive gender paradigm that resists the dominant values of the patriarchy? And why are these agendas important not just for women, but for higher education as a whole?

These are the questions that these extensive and rich analyses of the historical and contemporary roles of women in higher education— as administrators, faculty, students, and student affairs professionals—seek constructively to answer. In doing so they address the intersection of gender and women’s other social identities, such as of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, and ability.

This book addresses the experiences and position of women students, from application to college through graduate school, and the barriers they encounter; the continuing inequalities in the rates of promotion and progression of women and other marginalized groups to positions of authority, and the gap in earnings between men and women; and pays particular attention to how race and other social markers impact such disparities, contextualizing them across all institutional types.

Written collaboratively by an intergenerational group of women, men, and transgender people with different social identities, feminist perspectives, and professional identities— and who, in the process, built upon each other’s work—this volume constitutes a call to educators and scholars to work toward centering feminist and other marginalized perspectives in their practice and research in order to equitably address the evolving complexities of college and university life. Employing a wide range of theoretical lenses, examining a variety of models of practice, and giving voice to a diversity of personal experiences through narrative, this is a major contribution to the scholarship on women in higher education.

This is a book for all women in the academy who want to better understand their experience, and to dismantle the remaining barriers of sexism and oppression—for themselves, and future generations of students.

An ACPA Publication

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"After a foreword and preface, the collection is held together in four thematic sections. Each section opens with a pertinent quotation from a work the editors wish to acknowledge. After the four to six scholarly articles, each section concludes with a subset of three or four pieces appearing under the repeated heading "Narratives on Gender and Feminism." Editors placed these essays at the end of the sections 'to highlight how theoretical frameworks, research questions, methodological approaches, policies, and procedures remain political and have direct implications on people's daily lives.' Anyone interested in the experiences of women in the world of academia will learn from consulting this collection."

"The authors and editors have done a remarkable job conveying the miltivocal, multilayered, and complex nature of feminist inquiry... Overall, the theory, practice and research contributions were most impressive... The narratives, in turn, were extraordinary."

"Pasque and Nicholson’s Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affair’s best feature is the experiences shared by the women featured in the book. From student affairs professional’s mentorship early in her career, to experiences of immigrant Italian American’s, the book expands cultural awareness and competence. It provides a rich history of women administrators in higher education and provides insight to how the feminist movement aided in where we are today. It offers practical wisdom for those experiencing barriers in their own career progression and those who may wish to serve as a mentor... This book would be an excellent recommendation for young professionals seeking insight for professional development or perhaps even women graduate students. It would serve as an excellent common book for a women’s studies or higher education leadership course, or even for a circle of colleagues on your campus."

"The volume takes an interactive approach, with many writers referring to the works of others who contributed to the book. The book thus follows a guiding thread that might otherwise be absent in a collection of such variety. Research on topics like work–life balance both confirms previous findings and makes important points in its own right. Meanwhile, personal essays lend depth and texture that is difficult to evoke even in the most nuanced qualitative studies. The editors share a vision for higher education that is clearly worth considering, and their book is one step toward making that vision a reality."

"Documents the persistence of gender inequalities"

Teaching Theology & Religion - Alison Downie
"After a foreword and preface, the collection is held together in four thematic sections. Each section opens with a pertinent quotation from a work the editors wish to acknowledge. After the four to six scholarly articles, each section concludes with a subset of three or four pieces appearing under the repeated heading "Narratives on Gender and Feminism." Editors placed these essays at the end of the sections 'to highlight how theoretical frameworks, research questions, methodological approaches, policies, and procedures remain political and have direct implications on people's daily lives.' Anyone interested in the experiences of women in the world of academia will learn from consulting this collection."
Journal of College Student Development
"The authors and editors have done a remarkable job conveying the multivocal, multilayered, and complex nature of feminist inquiry... Overall, the theory, practice and research contributions were most impressive... The narratives, in turn, were extraordinary."
NACADA Journal - National Academic Advising Assocation
"Pasque and Nicholson’s Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affair’s best feature is the experiences shared by the women featured in the book. From student affairs professional’s mentorship early in her career, to experiences of immigrant Italian American’s, the book expands cultural awareness and competence. It provides a rich history of women administrators in higher education and provides insight to how the feminist movement aided in where we are today. It offers practical wisdom for those experiencing barriers in their own career progression and those who may wish to serve as a mentor... This book would be an excellent recommendation for young professionals seeking insight for professional development or perhaps even women graduate students. It would serve as an excellent common book for a women’s studies or higher education leadership course, or even for a circle of colleagues on your campus."
On Campus with Women
"The volume takes an interactive approach, with many writers referring to the works of others who contributed to the book. The book thus follows a guiding thread that might otherwise be absent in a collection of such variety. Research on topics like work–life balance both confirms previous findings and makes important points in its own right. Meanwhile, personal essays lend depth and texture that is difficult to evoke even in the most nuanced qualitative studies. The editors share a vision for higher education that is clearly worth considering, and their book is one step toward making that vision a reality."
The Chronicle of Higher Ed
"Documents the persistence of gender inequalities"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579225209
Publisher:
Stylus Publishing
Publication date:
02/27/2012
Series:
ACPA Books co-published with Stylus Publishing
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Penny A. Pasque is Brian E. & Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor and Program Area Coordinator of Adult and Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is also an affiliate faculty with Women's and Gender Studies and the Center for Social Justice at OU.

Currently, Penny serves as the associate editor for The Journal of Higher Education. She has been a proud member of ACPA since 1993 and is an ACPA Diamond Honoree. Penny’s research addresses in/equities in higher education, dis/connections between higher education and society, and complexities in critical qualitative inquiry. She is also the primary investigator for the National Study on Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Penny is a faculty for the Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration emphasis areas at OU, teaches Foundations of Student Affairs, Diversity in Higher Education and Qualitative Research, and has served as a keynote speaker and facilitator on diversity and social justice issues across the country. Her research has appeared in The Journal of Higher Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Diversity in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, among others. She is author of American Higher Education Leadership and Policy: Critical Issues and the Public Good (Palgrave Macmillan), Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs (edited with Shelley Errington Nicholson, Stylus), Qualitative Inquiry for Equity in Higher Education: Methodological Innovations, Implications, and Interventions (with Carducci, Kuntz & Gildersleeve, Jossey-Bass), and Critical Qualitative Inquiry: Foundations and Futures (edited with Gaile Cannella and Michelle Salazar Pérez, Left Coast Press).

Shelley Errington Nicholson is Assistant Director of the AmeriCorps Job Ready Program at Mount Wachusett Community College. She has served as a directorate member of the American College Personnel Association’s Standing Committee for Women.

Linda J. Sax is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her research focuses on gender differences in college student development, specifically how institutional characteristics, peer and faculty environments, and forms of student involvement differentially affect male and female college students. Dr. Sax is the author of more than 70 publications, including The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men (Jossey-Bass, 2008), as well as the recipient of the 2005 Scholar-in-Residence Award from the American Association of University Women and the 1999 Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

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