ACE Women's Network - Southern California


Women in Higher Education

Excerpted from the ACE Fellows Bibliography© American Council on Education and with Additions

Aguirre, Alberto Jr. Women and Minority Faculty in the Academic Workplace. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report Series 27:6. San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Particularly useful for policy makers in higher education administration and all others interested in improving the workplace in academia.  Examines how women and minority faculty fit in the academic culture.  Synthesizes ten years of research are about issues impacting the environment for minorities and women, with new dimensions to understanding the issues through examining professional socialization and tenure for minority women faculty.
Libraries:  SDSU,  UCSD.  Call #:  LB2332.3 .A35 2000

Astin, Helen S. and Corel Leland.  Women of Influence, Women of Vision.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1991.

Examines the achievements of women leaders in America from the 1960s to the 1980s, and offers insights into what these leaders have in common and how individuals can improve their own leadership skills.  Draws upon an in-depth study of seventy-seven women leaders.
Libraries:  CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, USD.  Call #:  HQ1391.U5 A87 1991

Babcock, Linda and Sara Laschever.  Women Don’t Ask:  Negotiation and the Gender Divide.  Princeton, NJ:  Princeton UP, 2003.

Libraries:  CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, USD.  Call #:  HD58.6 .B33 2003

Chliwniak, Luba.  Higher Education Leadership:  Analyzing the Gender Gap.  Vol. 25, NO. 4. Washington, DC:  The George Washington University, 1997.

Explores women’s place in higher education institutions historically and currently.  Describes the status of women on campuses and in leadership roles; persistence factors and institutional contexts; and factors influencing evaluations of leaders and leadership modes.  Provides an analysis of individual, organizational, and societal conceptualizations of leadership.
Library:  UCSD.  Call #:  LB2341 .C535 1997

Collins, Lynn H., Joan C.  Chrisler, and Kathryn Quina, eds.  Career Strategies for Women in Academe:  Arming Athena.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage, 1998.

Addresses the pitfalls for women in higher education professions and provides advice on how to handle difficult situations.  A collection of essays and chapters by different authors, including success stories and cautionary tales, offering encouragement to those who persevere in their pursuit of an academic career.  Explores such issues as the current status of women, subtle forms of sex discrimination, women’s roles and career decisions, women in leadership, and the need for women to take charge by addressing time management issues and reducing role ambiguity.
Libraries:  SDSU, UCSD, USD.  Call #:  LB2332.3 .C38 1998

Dowdall, Jean.  Advice for Candidates:  Selected Columns from The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Career Network Feature “Moving Up.”  EMN/Witt/Kieffer.

An excellent reference for anyone considering a move.  A copy can be purchased through Witt/Kieffer:

Eggins, Heather, ed.  Women as Leaders and Managers in Higher Education.  Philadelphia:  Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press, 1997.

Recognizes the special problems women leaders in academia face, including educating new generations to a broader understanding of women’s roles and shaping women’s roles in traditionally male-dominated cultures.  Supports the awareness that institutional cultures and organizations’ styles are at the heart of the struggle for equal opportunities.  Provides a context for leadership, women, and higher education and then presents case studies on senior academic women.

Glazer-Raymo, Judith.  Shattering the Myths:  Women in Academe.  Baltimore, MD:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

A feminist study of women’s progress in higher education since the 1970s.  Draws on the experiences of women faculty and administrators as they articulate and reflect on the social, economic, political, and ideological contexts in which they work and the multiple influences on their professional and personal lives.  The author concludes that the corporatization of the university is creating new obstacles that deter women’s full participation.
Libraries:  SDSU, UCSD, USD.  Call #:  LB2332.3 .G53 1999

Gregory, Sheila T. Black Women in the Academy:  The Secrets to Success and Achievement.  Lanham, MD:  University Press of America, 1995.

A study conducted on the experiences of Black women faculty in higher education that examines their career satisfaction and career mobility, as well as numerous other factors that influence their career paths and decisions.
Libraries:  CSUSM, UCSD, USD.  Call #:  LC2781 .G74 1995

Hartman, Mary S., ed.  Taking Leadership:  Conversations with Powerful Women.  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press, 1999.

Explores why and how women lead.  Analyzes the barriers women face, and describes how these selected women leaders addressed them.  Includes contributions from Patricia Schroeder, Ruth Simmons, Christine Todd Whitman, and numerous others.
Libraries:  CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, USD.  Call#:  HQ1233 .T35 1999

Kelly, Gail P. and Sheila Slaughter, eds.  Women’s Higher Education in comparative Perspective.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands:  Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990.

A collection of articles from scholars from across the globe on the experiences of women in higher education.  Chapters focus on the politics and policies that affect the education of women in various countries; women in the academic workforce around the world; and the influences that feminists and women’s studies have had on reshaping the academy and the experiences of women.

Mabokela, Reitumetse Obakeng, and Anna L. Gress, eds.  Sisters of the Academy:  Emergent Black Women Scholars in Higher Education.  Sterling, VA:  Stylus, 2001.

A collection of research papers and personal narratives from fifteen Black women in higher education.  Contributions—which range from historical accounts of Black female teachers in the 19th century, to challenges and triumphs of being an activist researcher at the turn of the 21st century—addresses specific historical, social, cultural, political, and academic issues that affect Black women in the academy.
Libraries:  SDSU, UCSD, USD.  Call #:  LC2781.5 .S57 2001

Martin, Jane Roland.  Coming of Age in Academe:  Rekindling Women’s Hopes and Reforming the Academy.  New York:  Routledge, 2000.

A feminist philosopher, Martin looks at the cultural climate for feminist scholars within the academy—and finds it wanting—as well as the implication of that climate for society as a whole—and finds it destructive.  She remains hopeful, however, and suggests the reformation of the academy to achieve gender equality will be a product of “acts both great and small, strategic and utterly outrageous” (182).

Mitchell, Patricia Turner, Ph.D. Editor.  Cracking the Wall:  Women in Higher Education Administration.  Washington, DC:  The College and University personnel Association, 1993.

Ndiffer, Jana and Carolyn Terry Bashaw, eds.  Women Administrators in Higher Education:  Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.  Albany:  State University of New York Press, 2001.

Combines historical, quantitative and theoretical studies to illuminate the historical foundations of contemporary dilemmas, current realities and controversies.  Areas of discussion are:  women’s education, contributions of religious and lay women presidents and their use of power, the relationship of emerging leadership theory to women, the growth and development of deans of women, the role of women’s professional organizations, and the particular question and quandaries faced by provosts and physical education and student affairs staff.  Combination of historical and practical research links the past with the present as the future is contemplated.
Libraries:  SDSU, USD.  Call #:  LB2341 .W5719 2001

Plante, Patricia R.  The Art of Decision Making:  Issues and Cases in Higher Education.  New York:  American Council on Education/Macmillan Publishing, 1987.

A series of 16 problem types that can arise in any institution of higher education, the book offers not only the scenario, but also the author’s advice on how to deal with the issue.  The offers not only the scenario, but also the author’s advice on how to deal with the issue.  The cases continue to have currency, and whether one aggress with her analysis or not, the author’s excellent prose and thoughtful conclusions are both provocative and instructive.
Libraries:  SDSU, USD.  Call #:  LB2341 .P57 1987

Plante, Patricia R. with Robert L. Caret.  Myths and Realities of Academic Administration.  New York:  ACE and Macmillan Publishing, 1990.

Although published fifteen years ago, the information and discussion is still pertinent.  For each of the 8 myths examined, the authors include comments from a group of administrators across a variety of institutional types and positions.  Well worth the read and the consideration it will provoke.
Libraries:  CSUSM, SDSU.  Call #:  LB2341 .P574 1990

Purkey, William W. and Betty L. Siegel.  Becoming an Invitational Leader:  A New Approach to Professional and Personal Success.  Atlanta:  Humanities Trade Group, 2003.

Offering an alternative to traditional notions of how leadership is accomplished, the autors advocate moving “from command and control to cooperation and communication, from manipulation to cordial summons, from exclusiveness to inclusiveness, from subordinates to associates” (emphasis in original) (4).

Solomon, Barbara M.  In the Company of Educated Women:  A History of Women and Higher Education in America.  New Haven:  Yale University Press, 1986.

The fascinating story of progress and set backs for women in higher education over the last 125 years.  A highly readable history that includes many quotations revealing the skepticism about the worth of educating women.
Libraries:  CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, USD.  Call #:  LC1752 .S65 1985

Sturnick, Judith A., Jane E. Milley, and Catherine A. Tisinger, eds.  Women at the Helm:  Pathfinding Presidents at State Colleges and Universities.  Washington, DC:  American Association of State College and Universities Press, 1991.

A collection of essays revealing women’s perspectives on leadership and the job of the president.  Explores the reality of day to day experience of female presidents striving achieve important goals by answering the question:  What is it like to be in charge?  How does a woman get there?  How can the special strengths of being female serve a role in society traditionally seen as male-dominated?
Library:  SDSU.  Call #:  LB2341 .W572 1991

Tenure Denied:  Cases of Sex Discrimination in Academia.  Washington, DC:  AAUW/AAUWLA, 2004.

Tidball, M. Elizabeth, Daryl G. Smith, Charles S. Tidball, and Lisa E. Wolf-Wendel.  Taking Women Seriously:  Lessons and Legacies for Educating the Majority.  Phoenix, AZ:  American Council on Eudcation/Oryx Press, 1999.

Illuminates why women’s colleges continue to produce graduates with higher career achievement than that of their co-ed peers.  Through history, social theory, statistical analysis and case studies, documents the qualities and programs of these colleges that appear related to producing accomplished, achieving graduates.  The purpose is not to claim that women’s colleges are better; rather, it suggests that educators at all institutions can enhance their efforts to provide equitable opportunities for all.  The lessons bespeak taking women seriously, making the case that wll women associated with a college or university must be supported, encouraged and empowered, in order for women students to flourish.
Libraries:  SDSU, UCSD, USD.  Call #:  LB2332.3 .T68 1997

Toth, Emily.  Ms Mentor’s Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia.  Philadelphia, PA:  U of Pennsylvania P, 1997.

Libraries:  CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, USD.  Call #:  LB2332.3 .T68 1997

Trafford, Abigail.  My Time:  Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life.  New York, NY:  Basic Books, 2004.

Although not focused specifically on academics, the book is nevertheless a worthwhile read for those contemplating or experiencing what Trafford calls “the period of personal renaissance in between middle and old age.”

Valian, Virginia.  Why So Slow?:  The Advancement of Women.  Cambridge, MA:  MIT Press, 1998.

Well-researched work on gender schemas that bias perceptions of women’s performance in the workplace, thus translating into their accumulative career disadvantages.
Libraries:  CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD.  Call #:  HQ1237 .V35 1998

Walton, Karen Doyle, ed.  Against the Tide:  Career Paths of Women Leaders in American and British Higher Education.  Bloomington, IN:  Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1996.

Ten American and ten British women leaders of colleges and universities tell about swimming against the tide of male leadership that can limit career opportunities for women in academe.  Contributors include Pauline Perry, Carol A. Cartwright, Vera King Farris, Carol C. Harter, Mary Patterson McPherson, Judith A. Sturnick and others.
Library:  USD.  Call #:  LB2341 .A36 1996

Welch, Lynne Brodie, ed.  Perspectives on Minority Women in Higher Education.  Westport, CT:  Praeger Publishers and Greenwood Publishing Group, 1991.

Presents essays by Black and Hispanic scholars on various issues of concern to minority women in American higher education.  Includes a section on the general status of academic women internationally.
Libraries:  CSUSM, SDSU.  Call#:  LC3731 .P48 1992    USD; Call #:  378.19829 p467

Wenniger, Mary Dee and Mary Helen Conroy, eds.  Gender Equity or Bust!:  On the Road to Campus Leadership with Women in Higher Education.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, 2001.

A compendium of lively, hard-hitting articles from the newletter, Women in Higher Education.  A blend of serious commentary, research results, and practical advice with cynical humor.  The editors have compiled articles that demonstrate progress for women as well as effective strategies employed by women who have changed the academy.  Other topics include women’s leadership and management styles, valuing the self, sex and sexuality, institutional politics.