Term of Award
Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)
Document Type and Release Option
Dissertation (open access)
Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development
Saundra M. Nettles
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
The purpose of this multiple case study was to describe how three female African American high school principals understand the influence of race and gender on their educational leadership experiences. The study focused on the professional background, barriers each informant encountered in her pursuit of a principalship, strategies utilized to facilitate attainment of a principalship, and leadership conceptualization. Through indepth interviews, rich narratives revealed how the duel oppressions of race and gender intersected the professional lives of the three principals involved in the study. The theoretical foundation for the study was black feminist thought as defined by Patricia Hill Collins. Black feminist thought focuses on the marginalized status of African American women and places their experiences at the center of the discourse. In examining the narratives of each of the informants, four themes emerged: 1) legacy of struggle 2) desire to nurture students 3) facilitative leadership, and 4) increasing visibility in professional circles.
Smith, Angela Mosley, "Race and Gender in the Leadership Experiences of Three Female African American High School Principals: A Multiple Case Study" (2008). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 310.