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Master of Science (MS)
Trimble, Joseph E.
Lehman, Barbara J.
Scollon, Christie Napa
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.
Higher education, leadership, diversity
Western Washington University
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
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Romager, Jordan A., "The Influence of Gender and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education Leadership" (2019). WWU Graduate School Collection. 894.