Faculty and Agency

My work examines how faculty assume agentic perspectives, and take agentic actions to achieve goals important to them. I am interested in the aspects of mentoring, reward systems, policies and practices that constrain agency, and that support it. I have studied faculty agency to achieve career goals, balance work and family, and pursue meaningful careers and work despite and amidst gendered organizational practices and environments.

Select Articles and Book Chapters

Lennartz, C. & O’Meara, K. (2018). Navigating a Foggy Climate: Women Associate Professors Sense of Agency and Work Environment Experiences. Editor Vicki L. Baker. Success After Tenure: Supporting Mid-Career Faculty. Pp. 285-310. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Templeton, L. & O’Meara, K. (2018, Winter). Enhancing Agency through Leadership Development Programs for Faculty. Journal of Faculty Development. 32(1), pp. 31-36. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nfp/jfd/2018/00000032/00000001;jsessionid=4hpap8iob10ud.x-ic-live-02

O'Meara, K. (2015). A Career with a View: Agentic perspectives of women faculty. Journal of Higher Education, 86(3), 331-359. View PDF

Terosky, A., O’Meara, K., & Campbell, C. (2014). Enabling Possibility: Women Associate Professors' Sense of Agency in Career Advancement. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 7(1), 58-76. View PDF

Campbell, C., & O’Meara, K. (2013). Faculty agency: Departmental contexts that matter in faculty careers. Research in Higher Education, 54(4), 49-74. View PDF

O’Meara, K. & Campbell, C. M. (2011). Faculty sense of agency in decisions about work and family. Review of Higher Education, 34(3), 447-476. View PDF


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