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Women in higher education : an encyclopedia
Martínez Alemán, Ana M.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2002]

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xxiv, 637 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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LC1569 .W66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The only comprehensive encyclopedia on the subject of women in higher education.

* A-Z entries are divided into nine major content sections, each preceded by a topical overview designed to provide a broad introduction to the area. Major sections include Historical and Cultural Contexts, Gender Theory and the Academy, Feminism in the Academy, Women in the Curriculum, and Women and Higher Education Policy

* Over 50 contributors represent broad and diverse views of the complex and evolving role of women in higher education

* Two appendixes provide an overview of available references for further research: Women's Studies Research Resources and Colleges Identifying Themselves as Women's Colleges

* A complete cross referenced bibliography of all sources is noted in individual entries

Author Notes

Ana M. Martínez Alemán is assistant professor of education in the Higher Education Program at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Boston, MA.

Kristen A. Renn is assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Researchers looking for a feminist slant in the reference literature on education will find it here. Designed for scholars, students, and "first-time inquirers," this volume aims to record "the knowledge gained from a half-century of intensive research relating to women in higher education." Instead of the strictly A^-Z arrangement found in most resources described as encyclopedias, a "selective compilation" of entries is arranged under nine broad categories, including "Historical and Cultural Contexts," "Feminism in the Academy," and "Women Administrators." Within these categories, individual entries address topics such as Military colleges, Sexual harassment, Medical education, Title IX, Black sororities, Lesbian faculty, and Leadership in Catholic institutions. Each section begins with an overview, followed by from 2 to more than 30 entries that are the work of more than 120 academic contributors. Length varies from two pages for Black women's colleges and Sexual assault, among others, to nine pages for Psychology of sex differences, with three or four pages being the norm. Each entry includes a list of references, some of them quite extensive. In some cases there are see also references to entries that are related. Following the encyclopedia portion of the book are an essay on women's studies resources and a list of institutions that identify themselves as women's colleges. A 38-page bibliography and a detailed index complete the book. The "explicitly feminist approach" sets this volume apart from works such as Encyclopedia of Education (2d ed., Macmillan, 2003) and makes it worth considering for education and women's studies collections in academic libraries.

Choice Review

A unique resource, this "comprehensive source of information and resources" on women and higher education presents multipage essays organized in nine sections covering historical and cultural contexts, gender theory, feminism, curriculum, policy, and women as students, faculty, administrators, and employees. An overview at the head of each section masterfully integrates the history, laws, issues, and implications covered in that section. The 121 contributors, all recognized scholars, capture the attention. Scattered throughout are classic illustrations. Bibliographies follow each essay and culminate in a comprehensive bibliography of resources for women's studies. The index is wonderfully detailed. This volume lends insight into how history, society, and culture have influenced women's efforts to rise above discrimination, become educated, and contribute to society. It chronicles the participation of women in higher education from 1837 (when a handful of women were permitted to study domestic arts at Oberlin) to today when women constitute a majority of higher education participants. The content goes well beyond higher education to illuminate nearly every concept in women's studies, including new themes such as ecofeminism. Destined to become a classic. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All academic and larger public libraries. A. C. Moore University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Table of Contents

M. Elizabeth TidballJana NidifferTiffany Gayle ChenaultTracy SchierLaura Marie MichelettiKim VanDerLindenElizabeth Maria BejarVerity SmithElizabeth Maria BejarRonni L. Sanlo and Steven J. LeiderStacy A. JacobT. Laine ScalesAnnMarie RouseyLisa E. Wolf-WendelEleanor MacDonaldShaireen Rasheed and Shilpi SinhaKatya SalkeverSusan L. SchrammLaura M. SinnettJeanette ReichmuthRebecca Ropers-HuilmanEvangeline WheelerLynn SafarikKalina M. Brabeck and Mary M. BrabeckFrances A. Maher and Mary Kay TetreaultChristine L. JocoyAnn K. SchonbergerJanni L. AragonLuAnn HinikerTess PierceVirginia B. VincentiKaty CampbellLaurel JerisKay BeaverThalia M. MulvihillFelecia M. Briscoe and Linda C. PacificiKerry Brian MelearFrancesca B. PurcellVivyan C. AdairPatricia SomersLuisa S. Deprez and Sandra S. ButlerJudith Glazer-RaymoBenjamin BaezJohn Wesley LoweryPatricia SomersSusan M. PlinerFlorence Guido-DiBritoAnita Tijerina RevillaRochelle L. WoodsRoger Geertz GonzalezRoberta Malee BassettSamantha J. OrtizTiffany Gayle ChenaultElizabeth J. AllanJean V. KartjeDebra J. BlankeCourtney A. LittleDafina Lazarus StewartKaren D. ArnoldEmily LangdonPatricia HellandPamela Merchant ChristianCarol L. HodesShawn LaddaDiana B. TurkTara J. YossoMarcia B. Baxter MagoldaEstelle MillerLinda Serra Hagedorn and Faith I. Womack and Christina Vogt and Shelly Westebbe and Jeffrey KealingShannon K. Gilmartin and Linda J. SaxEllen M. BroidoLee Scherer HawthorneSarah M. TilleryMaryBeth WalpoleAmy E. WellsLinda J. Sax and Alyssa N. BryantJanet M. HoldsworthJoanne E. CooperKimberly Lenease KingBarbara J. JohnsonRoberta Malee BassettChristine M. CressReitumetse Obakeng MabokelaHelen S. Astin and Jennifer LindholmMarta SotoJoanne E. CooperToni Calasanti and Janice Witt SmithSusan TalburtElizabeth G. CreamerDana E. ChristmanCassandra P. EvansKelly Ward and Estela M. BensimonGypsy M. DenzineLaura PernaPamela L. EddyBerta Vigil LadenSusan B. Twombly and Vicki J. RosserVernicka K. TysonMarilyn L. GradyLori M. IdetaJane FriedMarilyn L. GradyMarilyn J. Amey and Pamela L. EddyMary Lou JacksonRebecca Tolley-StokesMary Ann Danowitz Sagaria and Melissa A. RychenerPamela L. EddyJennifer WeismanLinda K. Johnsrud and Lynn T. InoshitaMyrna Cherkoss DonahoeBetty J. Glass
List of Contributorsp. ix
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Part 1 Historical and Cultural Contextsp. 1
Overviewp. 3
Black Women's Collegesp. 15
Catholic Women's Collegesp. 17
Coeducationp. 21
Community Collegesp. 26
Hispanic-Serving Institutionsp. 30
Historical Documentsp. 32
Historically Black Colleges and Universitiesp. 40
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues on Campusesp. 44
Military Collegesp. 48
Southern Baptist Collegesp. 52
Tribal Collegesp. 57
Women's Collegesp. 61
Part 2 Gender Theory and the Academyp. 69
Overviewp. 71
Demographics of Gender and Racep. 77
Feminist Assessmentp. 85
Intersection of Gender and Racep. 88
Psychology of Sex Differencesp. 93
Sexual Harassmentp. 102
Part 3 Feminism in the Academyp. 107
Overviewp. 109
Black Feminism and Womanismp. 118
Feminist Epistemologyp. 120
Feminist Ethicsp. 126
Feminist Pedagogyp. 130
Feminist Research Methodologyp. 135
Part 4 Women in the Curriculump. 141
Overviewp. 143
Academic Caucuses and Committeesp. 155
Distance Educationp. 158
Ecofeminismp. 163
Family and Consumer Sciencesp. 166
Gender and Technologyp. 170
Internet-based Distance Educationp. 174
Medical Educationp. 179
Physical Educationp. 184
Teacher Educationp. 188
Transformation of the Curriculump. 192
Women's Studiesp. 198
Part 5 Women and Higher Education Policyp. 203
Overviewp. 205
Affirmative Action and Employmentp. 211
Classp. 214
Gender Inequalityp. 221
Legal Issuesp. 228
Students' Rightsp. 234
Title IXp. 237
Women with Disabilitiesp. 244
Part 6 Women Studentsp. 247
Overviewp. 249
Activismp. 262
African American Studentsp. 265
American Indian Studentsp. 269
Asian American Studentsp. 272
Biracial and Biethnic Studentsp. 276
Black Sororitiesp. 279
Classroom Climatep. 282
Community College Studentsp. 287
Counseling Issues and Servicesp. 290
Curricular and Professional Choicesp. 292
Development of Multiple Social and Cultural Identitiesp. 294
Developmental Issuesp. 297
Extracurricular Issuesp. 302
Graduate and Professional Educationp. 306
Graduate Studentsp. 309
Graduate Students and Sciencep. 312
Growth of Women's Athleticsp. 315
Jewish Studentsp. 321
Latina Studentsp. 325
Learning and Knowingp. 330
Nontraditional Studentsp. 336
Persistencep. 339
Romantic Relationshipsp. 343
Service Learning and Community Servicep. 347
Sexual Assaultp. 350
Sexualityp. 352
Socioeconomic Statusp. 355
Sororitiesp. 358
Undergraduates and Sciencep. 363
Women Athletesp. 366
Part 7 Women Facultyp. 371
Overviewp. 373
African American Facultyp. 380
American Indian Facultyp. 384
Asian American Facultyp. 387
Campus Climatep. 390
Comparative Issuesp. 397
Disciplinary Socializationp. 402
Evaluationp. 406
Hiringp. 409
Latina Facultyp. 414
Lesbian Facultyp. 417
Researchersp. 421
Salariesp. 424
Sex Discriminationp. 427
Socializationp. 431
Teachersp. 435
Tenure and Promotionp. 440
Unionizationp. 446
Women of Color at Predominantly White Institutionsp. 449
Part 8 Women Administratorsp. 457
Overviewp. 459
African American Administratorsp. 466
American Indian Administratorsp. 469
Asian American Administratorsp. 472
Ethics and Practicep. 475
Latina Administratorsp. 478
Leadershipp. 482
Leadership in Catholic Institutionsp. 486
Librariansp. 491
Mobilityp. 495
Presidencyp. 498
Professional Organizationsp. 502
Part 9 Women Employeesp. 507
Overviewp. 509
Unionizationp. 511
Appendix 1 Women's Studies Research Resourcesp. 517
Appendix 2 Colleges Identifying Themselves as Women's Collegesp. 529
Bibliographyp. 531
Indexp. 591
About the Editorsp. 637