We are posting a message from a colleague in the US researching gender parity in international education
By way of introduction, I am a professor of International Education at SIT Graduate Institute, in Brattleboro, Vermont. I recently had a proposal accepted for a chapter titled “How high the ceiling: Gender breakdown of senior IE leaders in higher education institutions” for inclusion in the forthcoming book International Handbook of Gender Equity in Higher Education (Nancy Niemi and Marcus Weaver-Hightower, eds.), Riley-Blackwell, publisher. This is to invite your participation in a study that will provide key data for this chapter.
The project comes out of the acknowledgement that while more women are participating in education abroad programs at the undergraduate level and are attending graduate programs in International Education, anecdotal evidence suggests that more men may be holding senior-level positions in the field. However, without proper data, there is no way to know for sure if women are achieving the highest professional levels, if the field of International Education is offering fair opportunities to members of all genders, and thus, if the field and its constituents are able to reap the full benefits of the expertise of half its professionals.
My goal for this chapter is to include data from a global study so that we may have as clear an understanding of the state of our field as possible. The study is limited to those who work in higher education and with organizations that support higher education (e.g. third-party providers, credential evaluators, government-funded higher education programs, etc.). In order to understand the “pipeline” of professional advancement, while I am especially interested in the participation of senior IE women professionals, the study is open to all international educators of all gender identities, professional levels, and all nations, who work at least half-time. Retirees who held senior-level positions are also encouraged to participate.
It is estimated that they survey will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete; complete Informed Consent information appears upon clicking through to the survey HERE. The survey will remain open until 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, November 14 (note extension from previous deadline of November 10).
Please feel free to invite others who meet the criteria above to complete the survey. Should you have any questions or concerns about the study, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Sora H. Friedman, Ph.D.
Professor of International Education
Co-Chair, International Education Degree
School for International Training
SIT Graduate Institute
1 Kipling Road | PO Box 676
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676