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Women Professors

Who Makes It and How?


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 1-11
  3. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 13-38
  4. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 39-77
  5. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 79-90
  6. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 91-101
  7. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 103-136
  8. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 137-154
  9. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 155-168
  10. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 169-210
  11. Carmel Diezmann, Susan Grieshaber
    Pages 211-228
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 229-255

About this book


This book explores the career paths of Australian women who have succeeded in achieving professorships and beyond, where for the most part, such positions are predominately occupied by males. It also explores the gendered culture that exists across faculties and universities as reported by participants in a survey questionnaire of 525 new professors (female and male), and nearly 30 interviews of women in Australian higher education, either in small focus groups or individually. Futher, it identifies catalysts for and inhibitors of success for women and looks in depth at “the boys’ club” and how it impacts women’s progression. 

The book also highlights how critical life decisions — doctoral study, work and family — shape the careers of academic women. It identifies five distinct career profiles for women academics and the pressure points and effective support for each profile. Thus, this book can assist women academics who are making life decisions and those supporting their career progression. It also provides insights into why affirmative action initiatives to improve the proportion of women in the professoriate have had minimal impact despite considerable investment over the past 30 years. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

About the authors

Carmel Diezmann (PhD) is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She is interested in how individuals, groups and organisations build intellectual and professional capacities. Carmel’s research has included various aspects of university performance, including academic career performance, higher degree research students, university leadership, academic writing, research excellence, world rankings, and the relationship between university goals, strategies and achievements.

Sue Grieshaber (PhD) is Professor of Education and Director of Research at the School of Education at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor at Monash University and Queensland University of Technology. Her research interests focus on social justice and equity and draw on a range of theoretical perspectives. Research projects in which she has been involved have investigated women in academia, families, and curriculum, policy, pedagogies, play, and technologies in pre-school and the early years of schooling contexts.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Women Professors
  • Book Subtitle Who Makes It and How?
  • Authors Carmel Diezmann
    Susan Grieshaber
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-3683-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-3685-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 255
  • Number of Illustrations 37 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    Sociology of Education
    Gender Studies
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