Dissertation Defense Announcement by Grace Bagunu

Dissertation Defense Announcement by Grace Bagunu

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Date and Time

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 12 p.m.

Location

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, 127

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

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CAREER DECISION-MAKING OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS OF PHILIPPINE DESCENT: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF AN ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY

by Grace Bagunu

Abstract

     Using a Critical Race Theory framework and a narrative and phenomenological methodology, this study explores career decision-making of professionals of Philippine descent along the higher education career pipeline in the United States. The stories of these professionals create a counter-narrative to the stereotypes of Asian and Pacific Islanders in higher education. The career pipeline in higher education has remained relatively homogeneous, especially at executive levels of administration. Asian and Pacific Islanders make up less than 1% of all college presidents; of that 1%, less than a handful identify as Filipinx. This statistic alone does not completely tell the whole story of Filipinxs in higher education because the data reported on faculty, staff, and administrators is aggregated, which means more than 48 ethnic identities are included in the Asian and Pacific Islander racial categories.
      Research on aggregated populations may mask the diverse experiences that exist between various ethnic subgroups. In this study, Asian and Pacific Islander racial groups are disaggregated to focus on a sample of Filipinxs and their experiences along the higher education career pipeline. As higher education becomes increasingly diverse at the student level, there is a greater need for there to be representation at all levels of the higher education career pipeline.
      This research is the first of its kind to account for and explore career decision-making experiences of Filipinx higher education professionals. This qualitative study looked at career decision-making through a life course perspective using semi-structured interviews of 20 Filipinx higher education professionals at various career life stages. The participants are professionals in higher education who have worked at least five years in colleges and universities. The collected stories of these professionals shed light on the importance of disaggregating research data to share stories that have yet to be told, explore how Filipinx individuals choose a career in higher education, and identify factors that support career advancement, thus diversifying the higher education career pipeline up to the college presidency.

*Note: Dissertation defense is open to USD faculty, students, staff and alumni.

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