Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Selden, Sally C.

Committee Member

Sanders, Nichole.

Committee Member

Walker, John C.


There is a dispoportionate number of female administrators in relation to the number of female-helmed classrooms in the United States. Jordan tackles the issue of gender in educational leadership. While the removal of legal and social barriers to administrative leadership in the twentieth century may have seemed to point the way toward a female-dominated leadership structure, she finds that female educational leaders are underrepresented at all levels. The study focused on Central Virginia. Jordan tried to uncover the common themes among female educators, including what differences existed between qualified classroom teachers and women who held positions of educational leadership.