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The Ivory Ceiling of Service Work
Academe (2011)
  • Joya Misra
  • Jennifer H. Lundquist, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Service work continues to pull women associate professors away from research. What can be done? How does a successful associate professor with a distinguished publication record, a visible leadership role among women scientists on campus, and prestigious grant funding for interdisciplinary initiatives in graduate and undergraduate training as well as research feel about seeking promotion to full professor? In the course of our research, we commonly heard, “It feels like the first time in my life that I’m hitting up against the glass ceiling.” Compared with earlier cohorts, women are earning more doctorates, taking more academic jobs, and earning tenure more frequently. But when it comes to promotions to full professorship, our research confirms growing scholarship that women may hit a glass ceiling near the top of the ivory tower.

  • higher education,
  • faculty,
  • gender,
  • work
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Joya Misra and Jennifer H. Lundquist. "The Ivory Ceiling of Service Work" Academe (2011)
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