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Webcast: September 2010

Human Resource Development Issues of Post-Tenure Female Faculty

Sponsored by the Scholar Learning & Development SIG



Presenters: Theresa Canada, Western Connecticut State University; Mantha Mehallis, Florida Atlantic University; Mary Howard-Hamilton, Indiana State University College of Education; Peggy Brandt Brown, Ph.D., L.P.C., North Lake College; Shani Carter, Rhode Island College and Holly Hutchins, University of Houston


Description: Although a large body of literature exists regarding the difficulties women encounter in attempting to gain tenure, research does not exist regarding women's post-tenure experiences in attempting to gain the rank of full professor. We examine career paths by gender, and demonstrate that women's careers tend to plateau at the mid-ranks of faculty while men's careers tend to lead to the highest rank. Psychological theories on Social Identity Threat are presented to explain the differences in career paths by gender for professors with equal productivity and human capital. We proposes that women face an increasingly hostile work environment after they obtain tenure because some men feel increasingly threatened in their male identity when women obtain promotions. HRD implications are discussed.


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