Date of this Version
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 2. No.2-April 2004 ISSN: 1541·6224
Twenty-six professors at a research intensive university participated in this study of senior women professors' career experiences and reflections. Themes surrounding community and collegiality with respect to disciplinary commitment, salience of gender to discipline, and the role of personal choices are identified and discussed. Resulting perspectives on "women's community" in academe are also developed. Respondents maintained close, long-standing supportive ties with women colleagues within their academic disciplines, particularly when women colleagues were scarce in their local departments. Respondents' principal affiliations were rooted in their disciplines, highlighting the influence of discipline in matters related to professional identity as well as community.