Thesis Talk Thursday
September 24, 2020
GSA Thesis Talk Thursday Features
Pursuing EdD in Leadership
My name is Maroro Zinyemba. I am pursuing my EdD in Leadership in Post-Secondary Contexts. I currently work as an Associate Dean at a post-secondary institution in Alberta. As an academic leader, I have noticed the increase in student diversity in Albertan post-secondary institutions over the years. I have also noticed that some post-secondary leaders have publicly stated that the institutions they lead are committed to values of diversity and inclusivity. Despite these commitments, the composition of post-secondary leadership today is not reflective of the diversity of the student population. I am interested in understanding how leaders make meaning of diversity and inclusivity in post-secondary educational settings.
My research is titled: Diversity and Inclusivity: Implications for post-secondary leaders
What is your research about?
My research study is about understanding how leaders of post-secondary institutions in Alberta make meaning of diversity and inclusivity in educational settings. I am exploring questions on how post-secondary leaders’ perceptions of diversity shape the organization’s culture of inclusivity; how post-secondary leaders’ understanding of their organization’s culture of inclusivity informs their conceptualizations of diversity; and how postsecondary leaders experience diversity and inclusivity in their organizations.
How do you do your research?
To conduct my research study, I engaged in a qualitative case study. The case in this study comprised post-secondary leaders who took up faculty and nonfaculty positions. The phenomenon under study was diversity and inclusivity. The case study was bound by geography, institution type, and present time in that postsecondary leaders employed in an Albertan postsecondary institution who had been in a leadership position for at least one year were recruited to participate. I conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews.
What is the Implication of the research?
The significance of the proposed study is that the results are intended to contribute to knowledge on postsecondary leadership and succession planning for a shifting campus culture.