Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Isaiah Ilo


Most of the research on women in higher education management has been conducted in the Western setting, particularly in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. Similar studies have also been done in Asia, with reference to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, and in a few cases in Africa, with reference to South Africa and Kenya. Little has been done on the subject in Nigeria. In one of such works on a related issue, Oloruntoba & Ajayi (2006) used data on the research outputs of 219 academics in three Nigerian agricultural universities to compare gender with research attainment. The findings showed that research attainment is slightly higher for male academics than for female, and academic qualifications and rank are significantly associated with gender. The study also observed that more male academic staff are employed at top management positions, while the majority of female academic staff occupy middle management and entry levels. In another case, Nom, Onyeka &Jummai (2008) studied gender imbalance in access to higher education and employment in universities. The study, based upon available data from the National Open University of Nigeria, found that gender imbalance existed in student enrolments and staff recruitment in the institution.


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