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Page: 2529 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2018.0683

Conference name: 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2018
Location: Palma, Spain

DIVERSITY CHALLENGES FOR FEMALE ACADEMICS IN SOUTH AFRICA

K. Strydom

Walter Sisulu University (SOUTH AFRICA)
This project endeavours to aid management in focusing on diversity challenges and contribute to the support and empowerment of previously disadvantaged female academics through effective diversity management. The complexities of managing diversity is presently one of the most significant challenges faced by higher education institutions in South Africa. The challenge lies in creating institutional cultures that genuinely respect and appreciate differences and diversity. However, institutional cultures have not shifted significantly in relation to gender inclusiveness. In the South African academic environment "women appear to be an endangered species". The Minister of Higher Education and Training has acknowledged that the number of black women professors in the country is unacceptably low. In addition, there is a need for a paradigm shift and change in mindset regarding elevating females to management positions in higher education institutions. There appears to be a gap in the literature regarding specific factors which currently influence diversity at South African higher education institutions to assist in empowering female academics. In addition, policies and practices continue to discriminate against academic women. This project thus propose that research is needed to identify and challenge this mindset and to equip previously disadvantaged female academics in order for greater equality to be achieved. The objectives of the study include gathering empirical evidence of factors influencing diversity in higher education institutions, investigating strategies to uplift and empower female academics, together with collaboration and benchmarking with "best practice" institutions abroad. This knowledge could provide insight for higher education institutions' management regarding developing policies for capitalising on diversity for competitive advantage and long term sustainability.
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K. Strydom (2018) DIVERSITY CHALLENGES FOR FEMALE ACADEMICS IN SOUTH AFRICA, EDULEARN18 Proceedings, p. 2529.
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