Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 63–79

Mentoring of Women Faculty: The Role of Organizational Politics and Culture


DOI: 10.1007/s10755-006-9007-7

Cite this article as:
Gibson, S.K. Innov High Educ (2006) 31: 63. doi:10.1007/s10755-006-9007-7


This article reports on a key finding of a phenomenological study on the mentoring experiences of women faculty. The study revealed the political climate of the organization as an essential attribute of this experience. Women faculty identified organizational culture and gender issues that affected the mentoring they received. This study suggests the need for human resource and organization development initiatives to facilitate the provision of academic mentoring for women faculty—individually, departmentally, and culturally—as a means to foster transformation and change in academic institutions.


mentoring women faculty organizational culture gender organization development 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of St. ThomasMinnesotaUSA

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