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Invisible But Essential: The Role Of Professional Networks In Promoting Faculty Agency In Career Advancement, Elizabeth Niehaus, Kerryann O'Meara Jan 2014

Invisible But Essential: The Role Of Professional Networks In Promoting Faculty Agency In Career Advancement, Elizabeth Niehaus, Kerryann O'Meara

KerryAnn O'Meara

The benefits of professional networks are largely invisible to the people embedded in them (O’Reilly 1991), yet professional networks may provide key benefits for faculty careers. The purpose of the study reported here was to explore the role of professional networks in faculty agency in career advancement, specifically focusing on the overall relationship between the social capital gained from networks and faculty agency in career advancement. Findings suggest that off-campus networks are particularly important for faculty agency but that the benefits of networks may take time to develop.


Enabling Possibility: Women Associate Professors’ Sense Of Agency In Career Advancement, Aimee Terosky, Kerryann O'Meara, Corbin M. Campbell Jan 2014

Enabling Possibility: Women Associate Professors’ Sense Of Agency In Career Advancement, Aimee Terosky, Kerryann O'Meara, Corbin M. Campbell

KerryAnn O'Meara

In this multimethod, qualitative study we examined associate women professors’ sense of agency in career advancement from the rank of associate to full. Defining agency as strategic perspectives or actions toward goals that matter to the professor, we explore the perceptions of what helps and/or hinders a sense of agency in career advancement. Our participants consisted of 16 women associate professors at a major research university who participated in an institutional intervention program designed to enhance sense of agency in career advancement, and a subset of 12 attendees who also participated in a follow-up focus group 6 months later ...