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Rhodena Townsell, Dissertation, Dr. William Allan Kritsonis, Dissertation Chair, PVAMU/Member of the Texas A&M University System

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  • 1. RURAL AFRICAN AMERICAN ADMINISTRATOR CAREER TRAJECTORIES A Dissertation Defense by Rhodena Townsell January 26, 2009 Chair: William Allan Kritsonis, Ph.D.
  • 2. Committee Members
    • William Allan Kritsonis, Ph.D.
    • ( Dissertation Chair)
    • David Herrington, Ph.D. Camille Gibson, Ph.D.
    • (Member) (Member)
    • Donald Collins, Ph.D.
    • (Member)
  • 3. Dissertation Defense Format
    • Purpose of the Study
    • Research Questions
    • Conceptual Framework
    • Method
    • Major Findings
    • Conclusions
    • Implications
    • Challenge
    • Recommendations for Further Study
    • References
  • 4. Purpose of the Study
      • The purpose of this study was to describe
      • factors that influence the career trajectories
      • of successful rural African American
      • administrators. Literature suggests that aspiring
      • school leaders may gain insight from the
      • experiences of others that will result in a better
      • understanding of the diverse career pathways
      • toward successful school leadership (Crenshaw,
      • 2004).
  • 5. Research Questions
    • 1. What childhood and academic experiences, including
    • encouragements and barriers, influence the career pathways of
    • rural African American administrators?
    • 2. What work experiences, including encouragements and barriers,
    • Influence the career pathways of rural African American
    • administrators?
    • 3. What characteristics of rural African American administrators
    • appear to influence their career pathways?
  • 6. Conceptual Framework 12/24/10
  • 7. Conceptual Framework Supporting Literature
    • This framework was constructed because traditional
    • models in leadership are developed by using mostly
    • Caucasian males and should not be generalized for
    • other groups of individuals (Kezar & Moriarty, 2000).
    • Theodore Kowalski, an authority in the area of
    • educational administration, relates that other groups of
    • individuals experience the world in their own unique
    • way (Valverde & Brown (1988) cited in Kowalski, 2003).
    12/24/10
  • 8. Method
    • Qualitative Descriptive Study
    • Data was collected in the form of Structured Personal Interviews
    • A review of literature was the basis for preliminary theme identification
    • Member Checking was utilized to give the interview participants an opportunity to review and clarify their responses to the interview questions
    • Data was reduced and extracted by clustering and marginal coding (Fraenkel & Wallen, 2006; Miles & Huberman, 1994)
    • Microsoft Word was used as the transcribing tool
  • 9. Method
    • An 80% response rate was collected from the 20 Texas Regional
    • Education Service Centers & the Texas Alliance of Black School
    • Educators (TABSE) by Snowball Sampling .
    • A Population of 17 African American administrators from eight
    • remote Texas Rural Systemic Initiative (TRSI) school districts was
    • discovered. Five of the districts were located in East Texas, Two
    • in West Texas, and one in Central Texas.
    • A total of seven individuals agreed to participate in the study. One
    • was interviewed for the pilot study and the remaining six became
    • the sample .
    January 26, 2009
  • 10. Method
    • A Pilot Study was conducted using the interview questions from
    • the dissertation, Small Missouri Public School Female
    • Superintendent Career Stories (Benson, 2006).
    • Prior to the study, the words superintendent and
    • superintendency were replaced with the words administrator and
    • administrative and the word gender was replaced with word race.
    • The word Missouri was replaced with the word Texas.
    • After the pilot study, the first question was divided into two
    • separate questions because of the lengthy nature of the response
    • necessary for the first half of the question. Questions 7 and 8 were
    • added to the instrument to obtain information to answer research
    • question 3. All changes to the interview instrument were reported to
    • the IRB.
  • 11. Method
    • Interview Questions
    • 1. Would you tell me about your childhood?
    • 2. Would you tell me about your educational background?
    • 3. How long have you been in the education field? How long as an administrator?
    • 4. What motivated you to want to become an administrator?
    • 5. What pathways or guiding compasses did you take to obtain your position?
    • 6. In seeking an administrative position, do you think
    • there were or are race specific career pathways or
    • guiding compasses?
  • 12. Method
    • 7. What things inspire and renew you?
    • 8. Do you prefer to work in a rural setting? If so why?
    • 9. Do you have any recommendations for aspiring rural
    • African American administrators about the career
    • pathways or guiding compasses they need to take to
    • obtain an administrative position in a rural Texas
    • public school?
    • 10. Is there any other information that you would like to add?
  • 13. Major Findings
    • Rural African American Administrator Population by Gender
    • ____________________________________________________
    • Administrators Males Females
    • ____________________________________________________
    • Superintendents 0 1
    • Assistant Superintendents 1 0
    • Principals 5 5
    • Assistant Principals 2 2
    • Program Coordinators 0 1
    • _____________________________________________________
  • 14. Major Findings
    • Sample Administrators by Job Assignment
    • ____________________________________________
    • Administrators Frequency
    • ____________________________________________
    • Superintendents 1
    • Principals 3
    • Assistant Principals 1
    • Program Coordinators 1
    • ____________________________________________
  • 15. Major Findings Emerging Themes
    • DIRECT
    • D etermined to Do Well
    • I solated yet
    • R urally Connected
    • E nduring
    • C ommunicators of Discipline
    • T rusting in the Will of God
  • 16. Major Findings Emerging Theme One Research Question One: What childhood and academic experiences, including encouragements and barriers, influence the career pathways of rural African American administrators? D etermination to Do Well

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