Women’s Executive Development in Australian Higher Education
This chapter suggests that women, particularly in the academic stream, are disproportionately represented in part-time and casual employment. An examination of statistics shows that women staff experience inequality, particularly in their representation at more senior levels. 1999 statistics on the proportions of men and women in the different general staff grades demonstrated a funnelling syndrome by which women are concentrated in lower graded occupations. Women’s lack of success was founded in their concentration in non-traditional universities, in newer disciplines such as nursing or creative arts and in junior levels or casual employment. The original focus of Women’s Executive Development Programme was women at the senior levels within each institution, Deputy and Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Deans and Associate Deans, Heads of Departments and Administrative Units. The structure of the Australian Technology Network provides a unique and effective context within which to work on the issue of under-representation of women in senior university management.