Women in Computer Science and Engineering: A Transformational Leadership Approach to Gender Equity

Authors

  • Lindy Ryan Rutgers University
  • Eduardo R D­az CETYS Universidad
  • Arron P. Grow Clover Park School District

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21423/awlj-v40.a354

Abstract

The underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a phenomenon that needs to be addressed from an educational perspective. Within the domains of computer science and engineering (CS&E) the gender imbalance is even more acute as the underrepresentation of women not only persists but has increased over the past few decades (Corbett & Hill, 2015; Master et al., 2016). In this paper a discussion of the current situation of women’s underrepresentation across broad CS&E domains is presented. This will be demonstrated through a review of research into the historical factors and institutional practices that have been ongoing barriers to the inclusion of women in CS&E. Then, a discussion of how transformational leadership theory can serve as a tool for change to help scholars better understand the present situation, and then guide practitioners in overcoming it, is presented. To this end, the paper concludes with a discussion of how diversity and inclusion ideas, based on a transformational leadership approach, can improve gender equity in CS&E.

Keywords: underrepresented, women, gender, transformational, leadership

Author Biographies

Lindy Ryan, Rutgers University

Award-winning Professor of Information Management and Business analytics. She currently teaches in the Masters of Professional Science program at Rutgers University and is an active researcher at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute. She is the author of The Visual Imperative (2016) and Visual Data Storytelling with Tableau (2018). Contact her at lindymryan@gmail.com.

Eduardo R D­az, CETYS Universidad

Associate Professor in the School of Business and Administration at CETYS Universidad. He teachers Leadership and Management Theory. Author of Leadership Self-Efficacy: A Study of Male and Female MBA Students in Mexico, published in Advancing Women in Leadership journal. Correspondence author: eduardo.diaz@cetys.mx.

Arron P. Grow, Clover Park School District

After two decades in university administration and teaching in international programs, leadership studies, and teacher education, Arron Grow now serves as an elementary school teacher in the Clover Park School District of Lakewood, Washington, USA. Author of several books including Change or Go: How to Stop Non-Team Player Behavior at Work, published by Leaderboard Publishing. Contact: arrongrow@hotmail.com.

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