Research Day 2018 Schedule

Event Title

Gender Differences in the Utilization of Transformational Leadership by Community College Senior Administrators

Location

D1496

Start Date

4-6-2018 2:30 PM

End Date

4-6-2018 3:00 PM

Abstract

As enrollment of more women than men in higher education rises, more equitable representation of the women in higher education administrative positions is necessary. This is especially important in community colleges as the impending retirements of over 90% of current community college presidents is an opportune time to diversify the community college presidency. The purpose of this study is to examine the personal and professional characteristics of men and women senior community college leaders and how these leaders utilize transformational leadership. The researchers used a demographic questionnaire to collect information on the personal, professional, and educational backgrounds of senior community college leaders and the Leadership Practices Inventory-SELF to measure transformational leadership. Researchers electronically distributed 2,711 surveys to senior community college administrators and received 656 useable responses. Results yielded that there were differences in self-reported utilization of transformational leadership practices between men and women. Furthermore, the results suggested differences in participation in professional development opportunities and graduate education. The researchers hope to utilize this information to further advocate for equitable practices in developing senior community college leaders.

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Apr 6th, 2:30 PM Apr 6th, 3:00 PM

Gender Differences in the Utilization of Transformational Leadership by Community College Senior Administrators

D1496

As enrollment of more women than men in higher education rises, more equitable representation of the women in higher education administrative positions is necessary. This is especially important in community colleges as the impending retirements of over 90% of current community college presidents is an opportune time to diversify the community college presidency. The purpose of this study is to examine the personal and professional characteristics of men and women senior community college leaders and how these leaders utilize transformational leadership. The researchers used a demographic questionnaire to collect information on the personal, professional, and educational backgrounds of senior community college leaders and the Leadership Practices Inventory-SELF to measure transformational leadership. Researchers electronically distributed 2,711 surveys to senior community college administrators and received 656 useable responses. Results yielded that there were differences in self-reported utilization of transformational leadership practices between men and women. Furthermore, the results suggested differences in participation in professional development opportunities and graduate education. The researchers hope to utilize this information to further advocate for equitable practices in developing senior community college leaders.