Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life

Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life

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by Elrena Evans
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813543177

ISBN-13: 9780813543178

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Every year, American universities publish glowing reports stating their commitment to diversity, often showing statistics of female hires as proof of success. Yet, although women make up increasing numbers of graduate students, graduate degree recipients, and even new hires, academic life remains overwhelming a man's world. The reality that the statistics fail to

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Every year, American universities publish glowing reports stating their commitment to diversity, often showing statistics of female hires as proof of success. Yet, although women make up increasing numbers of graduate students, graduate degree recipients, and even new hires, academic life remains overwhelming a man's world. The reality that the statistics fail to highlight is that the presence of women, specifically those with children, in the ranks of tenured faculty has not increased in a generation. Further, those women who do achieve tenure track placement tend to report slow advancement, income disparity, and lack of job satisfaction compared to their male colleagues.

Amid these disadvantages, what is a Mama, PhD to do? This literary anthology brings together a selection of deeply felt personal narratives by smart, interesting women who explore the continued inequality of the sexes in higher education and suggest changes that could make universities more family-friendly workplaces.

The contributors hail from a wide array of disciplines and bring with them a variety of perspectives, including those of single and adoptive parents. They address topics that range from the level of policy to practical day-to-day concerns, including caring for a child with special needs, breastfeeding on campus, negotiating viable maternity and family leave policies, job-sharing and telecommuting options, and fitting into desk/chair combinations while eight months pregnant.

Candid, provocative, and sometimes with a wry sense of humor, the thirty-five essays in this anthology speak to and offer support for any woman attempting to combine work and family, as well as anyone who is interested in improving the university's ability to live up to its reputation to be among the most progressive of American institutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813543178
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Miriam Peskowitz     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     xvii
The Conversation
The Conversation   Jamie Warner     3
In Medias Res   Sonya Huber     11
Scholar, Negated   Jessica Smartt Gullion     16
Student/Body   Sheila Squillante     20
On Being Phyllis's Daughter: Thoughts on Academic Intimacy   Laura Levitt     25
Engineering Motherhood   Jennifer Eyre White     31
The Wire Mother   Susan O'Doherty     39
Fitting In   Elrena Evans     49
Motherhood after Tenure: Confessions of a Late Bloomer   Aeron Haynie     55
That Mommy Thing
First Day of School   Amy Hudock     63
Two Boards and a Passion: On Theater, Academia, and the Art of Failure   Anjalee Deshpande Nadkarni     66
Living (!) A Life I Never Planned   Rosemarie Emanuele     72
Coming to Terms at Full Term   Natalie Kertes Weaver     77
One Mama's Dispensable Myths and Indispensable Machines   Angelica Duran     80
That Mommy Thing   Alissa McElreath     89
Failure toProgress: What Having a Baby Taught Me about Aristotle, Advanced Degrees, Developmental Delays, and Other Natural Disasters   Irena Auerbuch Smith     93
Infinite Calculations   Della Fenster     103
I Stand Here Teaching: Tillie Olsen and Maternity in the Classroom   Julia Lisella     109
The Facts, the Stories   Leah Bradshaw     116
I Am Not a Head on a Stick: On Being a Teacher and a Doctor and a Mommy   Elisabeth Rose Gruner     123
Lip Service   Jennifer Cognard-Black     129
Body Double   Leslie Leyland Fields     136
Recovering Academic
The Long and Winding Road   Jean Kazez     145
The Bags I Carried   Caroline Grant     149
One of the Boys   Martha Ellis Crone     159
Free to Be ... Mom and Me: Finding My Complicated Truth as an Academic Daughter   Megan Pincus Kajitani     168
Nontraditional Academics: At Home with Children and a PhD   Susan Bassow   Dana Campbell   Liz Stockwell     174
A Great Place to Have a Baby   Rebecca Steinitz     184
Recovering Academic   Jennifer Margulis     189
Momifesto
The Orange Kangaroo   Nicole Cooley    Julia Spicher Kasdorf     201
Ideal Mama, Ideal Worker: Negotiating Guilt and Shame in Academe   Jean-Anne Sutherland     213
In Theory/In Practice: On Choosing Children and the Academy   Lisa Harper     222
Motherhood Is Easy; Graduate School Is Hard   Tedra Osell     231
Momifesto: Affirmations for the Academic Mother   Cynthia Kuhn   Josie Mills   Christy Rowe   Erin Webster Garrett     237
In Dreams Begin Possibilities-Or, Anybody Have Time for a Change?   Judith Sanders     247
Contributors     251

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