Degendering Leadership in Higher Education

Barret Katuna
Sociologists for Women in Society, USA

Product Details
05 Sep 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
192 pages - 129 x 198mm
Great Debates in Higher Education


Binary gendered leadership definitions are threatening to leaders whose styles do not match these narrow understandings, and do not leave room for trans, non-binary, and intersex leaders who do not fit within this binary that does not predict leadership styles. Through 34 interviews with women and men serving as presidents, deans, and provosts at some of the United States' top colleges and universities, this book explores what degendered leadership looks like in an academic setting.
Higher educational settings have seen more women in leadership roles than in corporate and governmental settings, making this a prime setting for the study of the intersection of gender and leadership. Through interview analysis, the author addresses the following questions: What role does gender play in the narratives of women and men leaders? How might leaders’ gendering of leadership reproduce gender stereotypes? What strategies might leaders and institutions of higher education use to degender leadership? and What might degendered leadership look like?
This timely and important book creates a path for inspired, talented, and qualified leadership that is not reduced to gender norms and stereotypes. Institutions that wish to see leadership diversity and that strive toward creating inclusive academic communities need to pay attention to leadership expectations associated with stereotypes that encompass all identities including race, sexuality, ethnicity, age, and religion. This book is a tool for promoting leadership diversity.
Chapter 1. Introduction 
Chapter 2. Effective Academic Leadership
Chapter 3. Learning How to Be an Academic Leader 
Chapter 4. Gender and Leadership in Higher Education 
Chapter 5. Conclusion, Implications and Suggestions 
Barret Katuna is the Executive Officer of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). Barret completed her PhD at the University of Connecticut, USA, and was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut. While pursuing her PhD, Barret also earned certificates from the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and Human Rights Institute.
Comprehensive in-depth interviews with higher education leaders provide rich and useful data for leadership studies as well as for aspiring leaders of every gender. - Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita, Graduate School and Brooklyn College, CUNY

Barret Katuna makes an important and timely contribution to promoting leadership diversity by critiquing prescriptive definitions of leadership in academia. Through a wide range of rich in-depth interviews with academic administrators in leadership positions, Katuna challenges gender essentialism and offers a nuanced understanding of effective and inclusive leadership. - Margaret Abraham, Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University, USA

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