Rachel McNae PhD

Rachel is a member of the International Women Leading in Education group, a group of scholars from around the globe.  The work of the group draws on researchers and practitioners to illuminate, examine and when needed generate action on key issues which impact women leaders.  Her work in this areas helps clarify understandings which can help determine ways researchers and teachers can further focus resources and attention, and illuminate the issues associated with the underrepresentation of women in educational leadership - an incredibly important aspect of social justice.   Further information about this group can be found at http://women-leading-education.com.

Rachel's research also involves engaging young women in leadership development opportunities. This includes using alternative development strategies such as visual ethnography, photo voice, appreciative inquiry and co-constructing integrated leadership curriculum.  

Rachel supervises postgraduate students (masters and doctorate) at the University of Waikato in all areas of educational leadership.   She is well known for her supervision of students researching women and leadership in the Pacific. 

In 2013 Rachel was awarded a national scholarship to attend the New Zealand Women in Leadership Development Programme in Wellington, New Zealand. 

Rachel organises and supports international conferences related to women and girls in leadership.  She is often asked by schools to work with young women to support their leadership development.

Rachel presents to a number of  forums internationally and nationally focusing attention on women and leadership in organizations and communities. 

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