Women and Leadership in Higher Education During Global Crises

Women and Leadership in Higher Education During Global Crises

Heidi L. Schnackenberg (State University of New York at Plattsburgh, USA) and Denise A. Simard (State University of New York at Plattsburgh, USA)
ISBN13: 9781799864912|ISBN10: 179986491X|EISBN13: 9781799864936|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6491-2


Women leaders and the COVID-19 pandemic are currently trending in the news. Major news outlets are all offering their positive opinions on how world-wide women leaders have addressed the crisis and reassured their people. While this sort of press coverage is certainly uplifting, little to no research has been conducted to investigate the effectiveness of women’s leadership decisions and strategies in these difficult times.

In concert with these global struggles resulting from the pandemic are the particular challenges faced by institutions of higher education. Many colleges and universities have all but shuttered their doors and are conducting instruction, student support, and day-to-day business almost completely online. Women still fill the posts from top level leadership through to Deans and Department Chairs. Hit particularly hard with the responsibilities of working from home, women academic leaders are bearing a load that is barely fathomable right now. And though they feel that they may be sinking, according to international media, women leaders are some of the heroes in the unprecedented crisis that we are living today.

This book informs readers and expands their understanding about specific challenges, issues, strategies, and solutions that are associated with women leaders in higher education, and the particular implications during the current pandemic and other global crises. The book includes a variety of emerging evidence-based professional practice and narrative personal accounts as written by administrators, faculty, staff, and/or students - anyone in a position of leadership or keenly aware of the challenges faced by women leaders in the academy. The work is of value to instructors, administrators, professional staff, and graduate students. Perhaps most importantly, the current publication is both critical and timely given that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost every facet of academic life, particularly for women and those in leadership in higher education.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Denise Simard, Ph.D is presently an Associate Professor and Interim Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Services at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, in Plattsburgh NY. She began her professional journey as a special education teacher. She then began collaborating with children and families to access technology devices and services to empower them to be more independent in their daily lives. She used those experiences to become an advocate for change and subsequently managed local and state professional development initiatives related to the infusion of technology into instructional practices to improve learning outcomes for all students, especially those with special needs. She also supported the strategic planning process, facilitation, and evaluation of online learning communities for education organizations on a local, state, and national level. Currently she teaches undergraduate classes in the childhood education program and graduate classes in special education, and serves as Department Chair in the Teacher Education Unit. Her areas of interest and research include multiculturalism, special education, assistive technology, online learning, and communities of practice. Through her various roles in higher education, she has had the wonderful opportunity to examine aspects of leadership and the nuances and intricacies involved.