Renee Rouse

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Gyant, LaVerne, 1950-

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Counseling, Adult and Higher Education


Armed Forces--Study and teaching


This qualitative study examined how mentors aided the career progression of African American women who held leadership positions in the U.S. Army. It was focused on mentoring relationships of African American army women, challenges and successes of their mentoring experiences, and their perceived effects these mentoring relationships had on their career advancement and construct of success. The researcher conducted semi-structured interviews with 14 women aged 32 to 64 years old, of varying rank ranging from Sergeant Major to Colonel. The majority enlisted to assist with their incurred college expenses. At the time of the interviews, the participants were either on active duty or had recently retired. The data was analyzed for common themes. All the participants felt that mentoring was needed in the military during the initial phase of one's career, and in later periods when one becomes a field grade officer (Major and above). The participants believed that army officers support the concept of mentoring, but very few do it because it is too time consuming. This study's findings support the researcher's theory that the "right" mentor can provide guidance, give direction, and offer insight and assistance to career advancement. This study was also geared toward helping to broaden research on the uniqueness of mentoring experiences of African American women in leadership positions.


Committee members: Hamlet, Janice D.; Ricks, Shawn.||Advisor: Gyant, Laverne.||Includes illustrations.||Includes bibliographical references.


187 pages




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