n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Female lecturers' promotion to elevated management positions : emerging trends in higher education institutions

Volume 5, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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This study investigated trends on the promotion of female university lecturers to elevated management positions. In Zimbabwe, women have gained legal rights through government pronounced policies such as the constitution, Gender policy and Affirmative Action policy. The theoretical framework employed is critical feminism which deals with issues that marginalise females from elevated management position in universities. A qualitative research design was employed. Inductive reasoning was used to explore the research argument. The design enabled the researcher to establish how society perceives the practice of selecting top management in institutions of higher learning. A sample of sixty lecturers, thirty males and thirty females was drawn from a population of six hundred lecturers in four selected universities. Data was collected via a questionnaire and semi-structured focus group interviews. The study found that very few females were in elevated management positions. There was a culture of fear on the part of the females to apply for top management position vacancies. Males and senior management were not keen to support elevated female management. The study recommends the need for a paradigm shift and change of mindset regarding females to seriously take senior management posts that come their way. Women need to assertively compete with men for elevated management positions whenever opportunities arise.

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