Roads Taken: Women in Student Affairs at Mid-Career

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While much has been written about new graduate students, new professionals and senior administrators in student affairs, scant attention has been paid to the issues of mid-career, and particularly as they impact women. Here are the stories of over twenty women, from widely different backgrounds, reflecting on their lives at mid-career. They describe the choices they made and share the lessons they have learned, particularly the ever-present concerns about reconciling the demands of work and responsibilities to family and partners. The contributors cover issues as varied as education and self development, the dilemmas faced by dual career couples, the care of children and of aging parents, mid-career decisions and alternatives to traditional, linear career progression in student affairs administration.
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"Advisors may find it difficult to imagine how their careers might progress unless they venture into the more traditional realms of student affairs. Howevere, if an advisor identifies with one of the themes presented, she may find the book insightful. I would strongly recommend this book to women in their twenties who are in the early stages of a student affairs career. The essays illustrating varied career paths, diverse struggles faced, and numerous choices made are easy-to-read and informational. The combination of factual summaries and personal insights allow a woman to imagine her future in the field of student affairs."

"Roads Taken accomplishes a couple of important things. First it opens up a topic that matters. The first-person accounts that characterize the book constitute a helpful starting place in thinking seriously and comprehensively about mid-career issues for women in student affairs. Second, it does a competent job of 'setting the table' for others who will address the topic of mid-career in a more systematic and scholarly way."

"This book has two clear audiences, female administrators approaching or at mid-career and those who supervise them…The authors are candid and share the sacrifices they have mode for their families and their careers, including long distance relationships, lateral and backwards steps in their careers, and changes in work schedules and responsibilities to accommodate children…While Roads Taken: Women in Student Affairs at Mid-Career obviously is written for women in student affairs, many of the chapters in this book would be useful to any woman in higher education administration and looking to climb the proverbial career ladder. Select chapters, focusing on the move to faculty positions, also may be of interest to female faculty members."

"I urge the reader to enjoy the stories, learn from the lessons, gain insight from the perspectives shared, and become better colleagues and supervisors of women at mid-career. Women in student affairs who are already at mid-career will also profit from this volume, for it illustrates that you are not alone as you face the complexities of your personal and professional life. And for those of you reading this volume who are just beginning your personal path in student affairs, I know you will find that the candor and honesty of these authors will be helpful to you as you develop your pathway through your personal and professional life. Learn from those who have gone before as the authors of this volume have done." —from the Foreword by Margaret J. Barr

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579220761
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen A. Renn is Assistant Professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education and Coordinator, Student Affairs Administration Program, Michigan State University.

Carole Hughes Hughes is Associate Dean for Student Development at Boston College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. I Considering the doctorate 1
1 Introduction 3
2 A degree of significance : personal and professional considerations in pursuing a Ph.D. 13
3 "Suenos y valor" (Dreams and courage) 23
4 My life A.D. (after divorce) 35
5 "To Ph.D. or not to Ph.D.?" : that was the question 41
Pt. II Dual-career couples 51
6 Introduction 53
7 Coming together without coming apart : journeys in the evolution of a dual-career couple in higher education 65
8 Path finding with a life partner 77
Pt. III Motherhood and student affairs : the skillful art of managing work and family 87
9 Introduction 87
10 Reflections of a working mother in student affairs 100
11 How did I arrive here? : a journey with family and student affairs 117
12 Motherhood with a briefcase : working two full-time jobs 123
Pt. IV "I've arrived" : it's the journey, not the destination 133
13 Introduction 135
14 New York to New England and seas in between : on the way to twenty years in one place 143
15 I've made it : what now? 153
16 Arriving at tenure 161
Pt. V Alternate routes : exiting the mainstream student affairs highway 171
17 Introduction 173
18 An alternative view 181
19 Strategic women 189
Contributor biographies 199
References 207
Index 213
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