Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational Policy and Leadership

Content Description

1 electronic text (ix, 113 pages) : PDF file, illustrations (some color), color map

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Kathryn Schiller

Committee Members

Raymond O'Connell, Sandra Vergari


NY public school district superintendents, superintendents' job satisfaction, women administrators, women educational leaders, women superintendents, women's job satisfaction, School superintendents, Women school superintendents

Subject Categories

Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Women have entered the New York State public school district superintendency in increasing numbers over the past two decades. Traditionally a male dominated field, these women have successfully addressed various personal, career and district factors to obtain these positions. In this study, 121 actively employed women superintendents were surveyed regarding factors that may be contributing to their job satisfaction. Thirty independent variables related to access to the superintendency were analyzed relative to job satisfaction variables. Job satisfaction was measured through overall experience, the likelihood that one would rechoose the superintendency as a career goal, and overall satisfaction with specific responsibilities of the position.