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"True Spirit of Pioneer Traditions"

Title: "True Spirit of Pioneer Traditions": An Historical Anaylsis of the University of Florida's First Dean of Women, Marna Brady.
Name(s): Herron, Rita I., author
MacDonald, Victoria-Maria, professor directing dissertation
Schwartz, Robert A., outside committee member
Shargel, Emanuel, committee member
Milton, Sande, committee member
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The dissertation examines the position of Dean of Women at the University of Florida (UF) and the first woman appointed to the post, Dr. Marna Brady. The scope of the study is from the position's creation on UF's campus, in 1947, until Dean Brady's resignation in 1966. The study examines the shifts in Brady's responsibilities in light of her advocacy role, and the changes occurring on campus concerning female students. The historical backdrop of Brady's tenure included the entrance of ex-GIs into higher education via the GI Bill, the judgment and implementation of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the McCarthy Era, the Civil Rights Movement, the passage of The Higher Education Act and the beginnings of the Student Movement. To uncover the history of Brady's tenure and the development of the position various primary documents were used: reports of the Dean of Women, other office correspondence and reports, newspaper articles, and published works of Dean Brady. Although there have been other works written related to Deans of Women, the amount is small compared to other topics in the realm of educational history. This dissertation is a departure from the other works concerning deans of women since it focuses upon an individual dean at a particular university and is not comparative in nature. The dissertation reveals that Brady was a significant force in forging the opportunities for female students at UF by constantly redefining her role and acting as a student advocate. She negotiated with faculty, administrators and male students' organizations on behalf of women, allowing all students the opportunity of a complete college experience including academic, social and extracurricular activities. This history considers the changes with the physical aspects of campus and the modifications of administration, staff and the students she served. Throughout her years of service, Brady held true to the idea that the Dean of Women was a professional position that lobbied for students and was not only concerned with morality issues.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4077 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: June 2, 2004.
Keywords: Marna Brady, Dean of Women, University of Florida
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Victoria-Maria MacDonald, Professor Directing Dissertation; Robert A. Schwartz, Outside Committee Member; Emanuel Shargel, Committee Member; Sande Milton, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
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Herron, R. I. (2004). "True Spirit of Pioneer Traditions": An Historical Anaylsis of the University of Florida's First Dean of Women, Marna Brady. Retrieved from