Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Education, Ed.D.



First Advisor

Randy Wayne Heatherington

LC Subjects

School superintendents--Case studies--Canada; Women school superintendents; Educational leadership--Research


Studies have shown that female superintendents in the United States and Manitoba, Canada are underrepresented compared to their male counterparts (AASA, 2015; Wallin, 2009). This is also the case for Superintendent of Schools in Alberta, Canada. Therefore, to ascertain challenges and supports on the pathways to the superintendency, six female assistant superintendents and three Superintendent of Schools serving in the 2019-2020 school year were interviewed as part of a multi-case study. Participants identified factors that contributed to or challenged them in obtaining the position of superintendent. The results of the interviews conclude that the pathways of female superintendents are most effectively fostered when there are jurisdictional structures and procedures that detect and support the leadership capacities of potential female leaders. This research then identifies challenges and supports along the pathways to the superintendency.


Copyright for this work is retained by the author.