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Date Permissions Signed

7-30-2019

Date of Award

Summer 2019

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department or Program Affiliation

Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Trimble, Joseph E.

Second Advisor

Lehman, Barbara J., 1943-

Third Advisor

Scollon, Christie Napa

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the impact of ethnic and gender diversity on the practice of leadership in higher education. Fourteen higher education leaders participated in hour-long semi-structured interviews about their leadership practice/philosophy, leadership influences, leadership history/experience, and leadership recommendations. Leaders reported practicing ethical styles of leadership and emphasizing collaboration and relationship-building in their leadership. Leaders reported that their childhood environment highly impacted them, especially socioeconomic status and access to education. Leaders experienced challenges around managing financial crises and unreasonable expectations while in their positions. Leaders recommended that current and future leaders put a greater emphasis on improving diversity issues, remember the greater mission of higher education, and focus on holistic approaches/community These findings underscore the importance of diverse perspectives in the study of higher education leadership to better serve the increasingly diverse student population.

Type

Text

Keywords

Higher education, leadership, diversity

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

1111769734

Subject – LCSH

Educational leadership--Social aspects--United States; Universities and colleges--United States--Administration; Organizational change--United States; Minorities--Education (Higher)--United States; Homosexuality--Education (Higher)--United States; Women college teachers--United States; Women college administrators--United States; Cultural pluralism--United States

Geographic Coverage

United States

Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

academic theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

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