Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Ginny Birky

Second Advisor

Dr. Suzanne Harrison

Third Advisor

Dr. Terry Huffman


This qualitative study explored the journey of female superintendents within the state of Oregon through the use of personal interviews, field notes, and researcher’s reflections. Six women currently serving in the capacity of superintendent were interviewed in order to better understand the opportunities and challenges females experienced during their journey to becoming a superintendent, as well as their experiences in the position. Findings included opportunities presented to them through their hard work and dedication, the challenge of balancing personal and professional lives, understanding the importance of holding true to personal values, and the encouragement of more women to pursue the superintendency. Recommendations for future studies include exploring the experiences of female superintendents with a larger sample population, compare and contrast the experiences of female superintendents that assume the position in their 40s verses those in their 50s or 60s, and how family has impacted younger superintendents.