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THE EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN AS LEADERS OF DIVISION I ATHLETIC DEPARTMENTS
Day, Colleen A

2017, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
This dissertation studies the experiences of women as leaders in Division I athletic departments through the utilization of narrative inquiry and a critical theoretical lens. The data gathered is a culmination of seven phone semi-structured interviews with women who hold the position of former or current athletic directors at the Division I level representing various institutions and varying levels of participation (Football Bowl Series, Football Championship Series, and Division I non-football). The study presents several emerging themes which reflect the experiences of the leaders serving as professionals in the gendered culture of collegiate athletics. The themes include: The Culture of Women in Sports, Barriers to Success, Success Strategies, and Mentorship. Analysis of the themes also resulted in several findings, which include: the current existence of gender bias within the leadership system of Division I athletics, the notion that the Senior Woman Administrator position perpetuates a lack of gender diversity within Division I athletics, an understanding that women must find ways to gain cultural and social capital in order to progress in Division I athletic administrations, the idea that male advocacy is vital to the success of women aspiring to top tier athletic administration role, and the fact women utilize several leadership styles as collegiate athletic administrators.
Lisa Weems, Dr. (Advisor)
104 p.

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