Parenting and Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career

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Featuring many personal accounts, the twenty-four essays in this collection explore the challenges and possibilities confronting those, especially women, who combine parenting and academic work. Written by a diverse group of educators who present a real-world variety of situations, the collection also includes ideas for change at the individual, interpersonal, policy, and system levels.
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. . . it is academic administrators and colleagues who should read this book as an important step toward changing perceptions and attitudes. Collectively the essays provide many reminders about just how difficult life in the academy can be for anyone who deviates from the masculine "ideal worker" norm.
--The Journal of Higher Education

Bassett's collection effectively conveys the diverse range of experiences throughout the academy. . . . Among other things, the collection makes one reflect anew upon the centuries-long silence of academic fathers on the subject of parenthood, an effective and devastating separation of public and private life.
--Women's Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826514776
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Hile Bassett received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on early modern English literature, in particular the poetry of Edmund Spenser. She and her husband live in Lawrence, Kansas, with their two children.
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Table of Contents


Part I. Challenges
Foreword Andrea O'Reilly
Introduction Rachel Hile Bassett
La estudiante caminante: My (m)other works (t)here Shimberlee Jirón-King
The Language of Parenting Marc Christensen
Escaping Autism: Balancing Motherhood and Academia Katharine Lane Antolini
Choosing Motherhood as a Female Chemist Donna J. Nelson
Tenure-Track to Mommy-Track: In Search of My Scholarly Self Janice Rieman
Madonna With Child: Untenured, But Not Undone Cindy Patey Brewer
Twins and the Academic Career Kathryn Jacobs
Hiding the Baby Gale Walden
The One With the Baby: Single-Mothering in Academia Tarshia L. Stanley
Part II. Possibilities
Today, She's Just Mama Lorretta Holloway
Mary Was an Adjunct Norma Tilden
Pregnant With Meaning: A Mother's Sojourn in the Academy Nancy Gerber
Elemental MoThEr Michelle M. Francl-Donnay
Chuck E. Cheese at Noon: Adventures in Parenting and Higher Education Susan Jacobowitz
Great Expectations: An Academic's

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