An Analysis of NCAA Division I Institution and Conference Senior Woman Administrators' Self-Perception and Career Intentions Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Rippey, Jessica
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • In 1981, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) mandated that member institutions designate the highest ranking female in the athletic department to be the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) (Bower & Hums, 2013). Based on the research indicating inconsistency in the role of the SWA (Grappenddorf et al., 2008; Hatfield & Hatfield, 2009; Hoffman, 2010; Tiell et al., 2012) and the continuing underrepresentation of women in Athletics Director roles (Acosta and Carpenter, 2014), this study explored variables of the current landscape of the NCAA Division I Senior Woman Administrator, explore whether or not there are differences between NCAA DI competitive levels, and analyze differences in an SWA's desire to pursue a career as an Athletic Director based on a variety of experiential and psychological factors. This survey of over 350 NCAA Division I Senior Woman Administrators revealed that 61% of women with the SWA title have no desire to become an Athletic Director. Significant differences were found between the Football Bowl Subdivision and DI non-football competitive levels with regards to salary, number of mentors throughout career, and the current responsibilities of advocating issues important to both male and female student-athletes, coaches, and/or staff. The results of the study will add to literature and research examining the current state of the NCAA Division I Senior Woman Administrator title.
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  • Miller, Beth
  • Osborne, Barbara
  • Weight, Erianne
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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