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career advancement, diverse female faculty, marginalization, mentoring, workplace

Major Advisor

Alexandra Bell, PhD

Associate Advisor

Robin Grenier, PhD

Associate Advisor

Joseph Cooper, PhD

Field of Study

Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy


Doctor of Philosophy

Open Access

Open Access


In the past 10 years, diversity among students pursuing athletic training has increased significantly. However, diversity among athletic training education program faculty, particularly females across African, Latinx, and Asian Diasporas (ALA Diasporas), lags student diversity. Diverse females are underrepresented among tenured faculty and have fewer opportunities for program leadership positions. To understand career advancement of diverse female faculty in athletic training education programs, I posed two research questions: What are the career advancement experiences of female faculty across African, Latinx, and Asian Diasporas working in athletic training education programs? And, how do they engage with mentors to support their career advancement? I used a basic interpretive qualitative methodology; and collected data via an online pre-interview survey and one semi-structured phone interview. I used a constant comparative method to inductively generate four themes about career advancement, mentoring relationships, and other sources of support. Conclusions indicated that career advancement experiences are influenced by individual identity as well as by external departmental and institutional factors.