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The role identities of women middle management academic leaders in STEM higher education

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submitted on 2024-02-06, 06:15 and posted on 2024-02-06, 12:58 authored by Saba Qadhi, Xiangyun Du, Youmen Chaaban, Hessa Al-Thani, Alan Floyd

Despite the increasing number of women in STEM professions and higher education, they are underrepresented in middle management leadership roles. In these roles, they face challenges balancing multiple demands, especially in male-dominated cultures. This research used a life history approach to investigate the role identities of three female middle management leaders in a Qatari university. The Dynamic Systems Model of Role Identity guided the semi-structured interviews where participants shared their past, present, and future stories. The findings revealed the intricate manner in which the participants formed their leadership identities, emphasizing values like motherly care, trust, and respect. Through their goal-oriented self-perception, they fostered collegial support and motivated peers. While formal leadership training was lacking, they leaned on past experiences and family support to handle leadership tasks and life responsibilities. The study recommends better support for women academic leaders.

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Published in: European Journal of Engineering Education
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2023.2263377

Additional institutions affiliated with: Core Curriculum Program - QU

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Open Access funding provided by the Qatar National Library.

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Language

  • English

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication Year

  • 2023

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This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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  • Qatar University
  • College of Education - QU
  • Education Research Center - CED

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Qatar

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