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Gendered Futures in Higher Education

Critical Perspectives for Change

Becky Ropers-Huilman

Publication Year: 2003

This volume addresses the ways in which gender takes shape in and is shaped by higher education environments. Focusing on historical knowledge and contemporary experience, the contributors identify several key gender issues affecting students, faculty, and leaders in higher education. They examine such diverse topics as what lessons women’s colleges have to offer, violence on campus, women faculty and part-time employment, and intersecting identities of race and gender, and they apply critical perspectives to suggest needed change. While they may not agree on the necessary strategies to improve higher education environments, they do agree that those environments are currently deeply and problematically gendered.

Published by: State University of New York Press

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Gender in the Future of Higher Education

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pp. 1-11

As readers begin to engage with the dialogues and debates included in this volume, they might ask themselves: Have we moved beyond the need for gendered discussions? Are conversations such as those included in this book really relevant to higher education in current times?...

Part I: Learning from the Past

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1. From Whence They Came: The Contexts, Challenges, and Courage of Early Women Administrators in Higher Education

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pp. 15-34

It is likely that most people are familiar with the old adage that dooms a society that ignores its history to subsequently repeat it. Although this adage is quite hackneyed, it nevertheless holds an element of truth. So I have rephrased it, conveying what for me is its essence. My...

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2. Gender and Higher Education What Should We Learn from Women’s Colleges?

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pp. 35-52

In the last decades of the twentieth century, women have made great progress in higher education. They have achieved majority status on most college and university campuses, they are increasingly earning graduate degrees in a variety of fields, and they are gradually attaining positions within the ranks of the faculty and within the administrative lattice of many institutions of higher educa-...

Part II: Deconstructing the Present: Student Lives

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3. Stepping off the Scale: Promoting Positive Body Image in College Students

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pp. 55-76

In my work as a college counselor and educator, I hear the stories of many women whose self definition rests solely on their physical appearance. Although they may be successful in other areas of their lives, they place primary importance on their body size, weight, and overall physical appearance; if they are not thin and beautiful, then they do not believe they are acceptable. Given the bombard-...

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4. The Gender of Violence on Campus

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pp. 77-94

A single event sometimes expresses something telling about the gender of violence on college campuses. The gender of that violence is, in a fundamental sense, masculine, and more specifically, heterosexual, at least as this sexual “preference” is made “compulsory” (Rich, 1980, p. 637) in the current and hegemonic sex/gender system (Butler, 1990). That event...

Part III: Deconstructing the Present: Faculty Lives

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5. Women Faculty and Part-Time Employment: The Impact of Public Policy

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pp. 97-110

Policy studies of women’s participation in higher education as students and faculty have focused attention on their underrepresentation and underutilization, and the corrective measures that have been employed in demonstrating good faith efforts to reach equity goals (Glazer-Raymo, 1999; Marshall, 1997). This process has varied...

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6. Future Prospects for Women Faculty: Negotiating Work and Family

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pp. 111-134

The increase in the number of women in the labor force is the single most important development in the labor market in the last half of the twentieth century (Gunderson, 1989; Lazear, 1989). In 1940, 28% of American women were in the labor force, a percentage that has increased to nearly 60% by 1997 (Smith & Bachu, 1999). Similarly,...

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7. Negotiating Identities and Making Change: Feminist Faculty in Higher Education

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pp. 135-147

Over the past several decades, scholarship on higher education has expanded to include analyses of the ways that feminists in academic environments experience and construct their work (Dickens & Sagaria, 1997; Griffin, 1992; Middleton, 1993; Neumann & Peterson, 1997; Richardson, 1997; Ropers- Huilman, 1998). A focus...

Part IV: Re-Conceiving the Future

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8. Advocacy Education: Teaching, Research, and Difference in Higher Education

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pp. 151-177

Recently, scholars and practitioners have generated urgent questions about how institutions of higher learning should encompass the diversity of participants and paradigms in academic settings. These questions have focused broadly on desired changes in institutional culture or climate (Chang, 2002; Hurtado, Milem, Clayton- Pederson, & Allen, 1998; Kezar & Eckel, 2002; Kolodny, 1996; Minnich, O’Barr, & Rosenfeld, 1988), the implications...

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9. Gender, Race, and Millennial Curiosity

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pp. 179-198

In this chapter, the significance and importance of a raced deliberation of gender in higher education scholarship is considered. The failure of higher education research and scholarship to explore the many ways gender and race are interdependent and dynamic elements of identity and thus significant for the development of consciousness and conduct are examined. Given...


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pp. 199-200


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pp. 201-206

E-ISBN-13: 9780791486993
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791456972
Print-ISBN-10: 0791456978

Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2003