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Breaking into the LabEngineering Progress for Women in Science$
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Sue V. Rosser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776452

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776452.001.0001

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Advancing Women Scientists to Senior Leadership Positions

Advancing Women Scientists to Senior Leadership Positions

(p.126) 5 Advancing Women Scientists to Senior Leadership Positions
Breaking into the Lab

Sue V. Rosser

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the importance of advancing women scientists to senior leadership positions. Having women in top leadership positions in academic administration may constitute one of the most effective ways to remove institutional barriers and change the environment for senior women working at a university in general and for senior women scientists in particular. Moreover, having women in significant leadership positions could provide a powerful mechanism to transform institutions to attract and retain more women scientists and engineers. The chapter then assesses the skills and experiences that women scientists and engineers have that overlap significantly with those required of successful presidents, particularly of public institutions. These skills include managing large number of collaborations, people, facilities, equipment, and budgets, which translate well to many of the major responsibilities faced by presidents of research institutions.

Keywords:   women scientists, leadership positions, academic administration, institutional barriers, senior women scientists, women presidents

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