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Women have long been struggling for equality in the tenured ranks of academia. The rigid tenure system has historically sanctioned rules for all who wish to enter. Research into this persistent inequity has focused on the "chilly" structure of universities (Blum, 1991) and on the question of women's ability to produce scholarship (Cole & Zuckerman, 1987). However, gender related issues as possible impeding factors for women professors seeking tenure have not been researched fully. The research focus is on how women's issues can be detrimental to the tenure climb of women professors. The paper will begin with a literature review regarding tenure impediments for women. This will be followed by the methodology used in this preliminary case study, including participant selection and interview questions. Next, an analysis of the interview data from the case study participants will be overviewed. Summary and conclusions will then be drawn from the findings, and implications for the student affairs profession related to this research will conclude my paper.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Carolyn R. Bair

Second Advisor

Michael D. Waggoner


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