Leadership Resources for Women in Higher Education Administration

As we think about Mother’s Day, it’s the perfect time to gather some of our favorite leadership resources for women in higher ed administration, many of whom work the so-called Second Shift.

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We’ve pulled together a mix of organizations and content that we hope will inspire and empower you!

1) Women in Higher Education Journal & Career Site

This monthly practitioner’s news journal for women working professionally in higher education aims to “enlighten, encourage, empower, and enrage women on campus,” and has been publishing issues for over 20 years. Their site also offers a higher ed job board.

Why it’s worth your while: The plentiful articles in the archives could give you insights or perspectives in your work. Or you might spot your next opportunity!

2) HERS Network

HERS Network—short for Higher Education Resource Services—is a leadership development and research organization that works to gather a diverse network of women-identified leaders in higher ed. 

Why it’s worth your while: HERS offers both leadership programs and networking opportunities (including online options) for all career stages. Build on your skills or meet your next mentor. 

3) HIGHER: a conference series for ambitious women in higher education

Hosted by the company EAB, the HIGHER event series works to foster professional development conversations amongst women of higher ed. 

Why it’s worth your while: Currently many of the events are free online webinars, which could help you build your national network of women in the industry, or just give you a few job-related nuggets.

4) ”The Motherhood Equation” article by Dr. Shai L. Butler, HigherEdJobs

This concise but meaty article from a few years ago deftly summarizes some of the challenges facing mothers in higher education, the author’s personal experiences, and opportunities for campuses to better support their work.

Why it’s worth your while: If you haven’t already heard from other mothers in the space, this article may both validate your experiences and inspire you. Or if you are further along in your journey, you might see ways to support campus services that could lift up the next generation.

5) ”Empowering Women in Higher Education Leadership” article, Maryville University

This long-form, scannable piece quickly takes you through highlights and data from the past, present, and future of women’s leadership in universities. 

Why it’s worth your while: Interesting stats and infographics on key skills in higher education leadership, types of available positions, and more. You may get a sense of what your peers are experiencing and find the list of leadership resources useful.

6) ACE Women’s Network 

The American Council on Education (ACE) facilitates a Women’s Network of networks (with a chair in each state overseeing that state’s network) which supports women in higher education. Each state’s network gets some support from ACE. 

Why it’s worth your while: We recommend checking out ACE’s directory of state networks. If you have an active chapter, it could help support your career advancement and connect you to your local women’s network in higher education.

Any great resources we missed? Let us know and we may add them!

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Lindsey Johnson

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Lindsey is on Olark's Customer Support team and previously worked in higher education. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her dog and two cats, playing video games, building mechanical keyboards, and crafting.