About Women and Leadership

About Women and Leadership

The Women and Leadership Research Group was established in the spring of 2016 within CLSER.  It is evident based on the emails I receive, that the postings are being read by students and faculty members who are not posting in the center – and yet I am eager to broadly expand the audience and involvement beyond CLSER, as I am aware of women and leadership related work being done in other centers.  I have associates in other universities and organizations regularly sending me opportunities for submitting proposals or attending skills development and networking opportunities that I would like to share more broadly. 

With the change in the dissertation process, where the developmental classes are focused on methodology, it will be increasingly important for our students to become involved with subject matter experts who can help them identify focus areas meriting further exploration and the foundational literature associated with their study. I think the Women and Leadership Research Group can help fill that need for students interested in pursuing women and leadership studies, ideally before they become wedded to a familiar over-researched topic! 

The other area I believe could have amazing value is to have an engaged community of scholars who can work together as research partners, brainstorm ideas together, or serve as early readers and critics of each other’s work.  Ten from UOPX are presenting at the 3rd biennial ILA Women and Leadership Conference this June.  We have the potential for forming a rich core to begin developing an engaged community of scholars.  Several individuals not attending the conference have also indicated an interest in being involved in this engaged community.

Activity focus areas previously identified are to help women and leadership researchers:  identify research topics, find research partners, share experiences, locate resources and opportunities, and build their professional networks.   This is accomplished currently by providing information and by individual coaching.  There are many ways these activities can be expanded upon to add value to those interested in women and leadership research.