Career Paths of Dental Hygienists: Factors Which Foster or Hinder Advancement to Administrative Positions
Date of Award
Dissertation - Restricted
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Entry into educational administration at all levels has been a challenge for women. It has been particularly difficult for dental hygienists to advance beyond the role of faculty. There is limited research on dental hygienists serving as faculty or administrators in college programs. Most dental hygiene faculty with administrative responsibilities are within dental hygiene education programs. Few advance beyond this level into higher college administrative positions. This study examined the career paths of dental hygiene faculty employed within the Wisconsin Technical College system during 1994-1995. Descriptive information was gathered by surveys and indepth case-study interviews. Experiences and perceptions are described and analyzed. The information provided in this dissertation is intended by the researcher to provide other women with current information, insight, and ideas which may aid in the development of career promotional strategies for those who seek out management positions within their programs and colleges.