Female community college faculty : perspectives of collegiality and the collegium.



Nogalski, Toni Marie, 1990-

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Although collegiality is an essential component of faculty work, it is a concept that is universally championed, yet conditionally awarded based upon membership into the collective professorial unit known as the collegium. This study analyzes the role of collegiality and the collegium among female faculty members teaching in community colleges, who represent both a population and a context that challenge normative professional ideals. The findings from this study suggest that community colleges are sites where women may find rewarding academic lives which are intentionally chosen as a means to avoid unpleasant working realities of other academic institutions. However, the degree to which these faculty members are fully supported by institutional policies and included in decision-making was questionable.



Female faculty. Collegiality. Community college.