Faculty Mentoring and Unmasking Gender Biases and Influences for Pakistan Returnee Doctoral Graduates From Abroad


The mentoring of faculty is an important aspect in higher education for countries investing in training faculty abroad. This study explores the key challenges faced by young female faculty when returning from doctoral studies abroad and assuming leadership positions in higher education, without having had prior mentoring. The participants of this study were doctoral graduates who completed studies in UK and USA, and who are working in universities overseen by the HEC of Pakistan. A thematic analysis was conducted for interview data obtained from the British Council in Pakistan and consisting of mainly young female academics. The findings reveal outright discrimination against females, a lack of support for female faculty and the role of the socio-cultural context constraining them. Remedial mechanisms in the form of appropriately matched mentoring is needed to address the emerging concerns.

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Maleeha Ashraf, University College London, United Kingdom
Denise Hawkes, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
Maryam Rab, British Council Pakistan, Pakistan
Wilson Eduan, University College London, United Kingdom

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Conference: ACE2020
Stream: Higher education

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