Campus Access Only
All rights reserved. This publication is intended for use solely by faculty, students, and staff of University of the Pacific. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, now known or later developed, including but not limited to photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author or the publisher.
Date of Award
Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Educational Administration and Leadership
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
The purpose of this study was to critically explore whiteness and masculinity within the context of public school administration. Using a qualitative research design, this study is broken into two separate articles. The first article is a critical narrative, and deeply examined two White and male public school superintendents’ experiences serving in school districts within California’s Central Valley. Framed within the broad context of critical White theory (CWT), I explored each man’s approach to interpersonal communication while conducting business. Additionally, I applied the urban dictionary’s definition of “Whitesplaining” to consider deeply how each man attempted to control the public narrative being disseminated to his constituency. In the second article, I conducted an autoethnography, and presented my own experiences working as a first-year middle school principal. I too situated my experiences within the broad contexts of White and masculine privilege. This study contends pushes whiteness research forward by using first and second person narration to critique and interrupt White and masculine points of view within the context of public school administration.
Bunch, Michael K.. (2016). Whiteness in Public School Administration: A Critical Narrative Approach to Understanding How Insider Superintendents Communicate With Their Administrative Staff Members. University of the Pacific, Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/36
To access this thesis/dissertation you must have a valid pacific.edu email address and create an account for Scholarly Commons.Find in ProQuest
If you are the author and would like to grant permission to make your work openly accessible, please email