Women & Leadership in Higher Education
The book's 15 chapters present both hard facts regarding the current demographic realities within higher education and strategic advice regarding how progress can and must be made in order for colleges and universities to benefit from the perspectives of women at the senior leadership table. The book's opening section provides data and analysis in addressing "The State of Women and Leadership in Higher Education"; the second section offers descriptions of three effective models for women's leadership development at the national and institutional levels; the third section draws from recent research to present "Women's Experiences and Contributions in Higher Education Leadership." The book concludes with five shorter chapters written by current and former college and university presidents who offer "Lessons from the Trenches" for the benefit of those who follow. In short, the challenge and encouragement offered by the authors of this book are based on the recognition that the world is changing rapidly. Those responsible for guiding organizations and institutions must seize the opportunity to lead, innovate, and educate. Because colleges and universities play a key role in shaping the future, education leaders can and must be committed to tapping the full range of human potential, resulting in healthier workplaces that benefit future generations.
Karen A. Longman, Ph.D., joined the Azusa Pacific University faculty in 2006. She received her Ph.D. from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The University of Michigan. Prior to coming to APU, Dr. Longman served for six years as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Greenville College (IL) and for 19 years as Vice President for Professional Development and Research at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, based in Washington, D.C. She continues to serve as a Senior Fellow with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and has coordinated Leadership Development Institutes for emerging leaders within the CCCU since 1998. Dr. Longman has authored multiple grant proposals totaling over $2.5 million and coordinated the resulting program initiatives with support from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She served as an editorial board member and reviewer for Research on Christian Higher Education and has been a Staley Distinguished Lecturer at numerous colleges and universities.
Dr. Susan R. Madsen is a Professor of Management in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She is also the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics. Susan is a leadership and change consultant and loves to teach, research, and write. She also enjoys her involvement in various service assignments and activities. She recently completed directing the Utah Women and Education Project for the state of Utah and continues to work with key Utah stakeholders on related efforts. In August of 2013, she founded the Utah Women and Leadership Project that she continues to direct today.