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Special Women, Special Leaders

Special Educators and the Challenge of Leadership


Marsha H. Lupi and Suzanne M. Martin

Special Women, Special Leaders explores the challenge associated with leadership roles as perceived and practiced by women leaders who have spent their careers and lives involved in special education issues. Each contributor offers a unique perspective on balancing a successful professional life with the demands often made on women in their personal lives. These chapters offer an opportunity to begin critical conversations on the journey women take to become leaders. The uniqueness of this book is its link to the traits and behaviors closely associated with special education and its relationship to successful leadership written by higher education administrators, organizational leaders, and advocates for students with special needs.
Contents: Barbara P. Sirvis: Foreword – Marsha H. Lupi/Suzanne M. Martin: Preface – Marsha H. Lupi/Suzanne M. Martin: Women Leaders in Higher Education and the Special Education Connection – Susan Donovan/Mary Senne: Parents as Leaders: The Journey of Two Mothers – Nancy D. Safer: Leading and (Surviving) an Association – Diane Johnson/Pamela Gillet/Linda Marsal: Three CEC Presidents Speak on Leadership – Deborah A. Shanley: Leading in an Age of Change: A Dean’s Reflection – Kathleen Mc Sorley/Lee Ann Truesdell: Leading from the Middle: The Special Educational Advantage – Suzanne M. Martin/Jane M. Williams: Forging Leadership Approaches: Career Transitions for Two Women in Federal Service – Vivian I. Correa/Patricia Alvarez McHatton: Promoting Faculty Diversity for Women and Minorities in Higher Education: Journeys and Challenges – Sharon F. Cramer: Keys to Collaboration for Women Leaders – Wendy W. Murawski/Pokey Stanford/Nancy M. Sileo/Lisa Dieker: Prioritizing the Professional and the Personal.