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Professor Mommy

Finding Work-Family Balance in Academia

Inbunden Engelska, 2011-07-01
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Professor Mommy is a guide for women who want to combine the life of the mind with the joys of motherhood. The book provides practical suggestions gleaned from the experiences of the authors, together with those of other women who have successfully combined parenting with professorships. Professor Mommy addresses key questions-when to have children and how many to have; what kinds of academic institutions are the most family friendly; how true or not true are the beliefs that many people hold about academic life, and so on-for women throughout all stages of their academic careers, from graduate school through full professor. The authors follow the demands of motherhood all the way from infancy to the teenage years. At each stage, the authors offer invaluable advice and tested strategies for juggling the demands and achieving the rewards of an academic career and motherhood. Written in clear, jargon-free prose, the book is accessible to women in all disciplines, with concise chapters for the time-constrained academic. The book's conversational tone is supplemented with a review of the most current scholarship on work/family balance and a survey of emerging family-friendly practices at U.S. colleges and universities. Professor Mommy asserts that the faculty mother has become and will remain a permanent fixture on the landscape of the American academy. The paperback edition features a new preface that brings the book into conversation with Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In and Anne-Marie Slaughter's "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," as well as a new afterword providing specific suggestions for institutional change.
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Two Bowdoin College professors address the challenges of pursuing an academic career while raising children, offering counsel and advice to women seeking to combine 'the life of the mind with the joys of motherhood.' Connelly, the mother of four sons, is an economist whose international research addresses intersections between work and family life; Ghodsee is an expert in gender and women's studies who received Fulbright and National Science Foundation grants. Their individual experiences inform the book, which provides not only a step-by-step program from graduate studies to tenure but also a 'what to expect when you're expecting' and mothering while chiseling out a profile inside ivied halls. Connelly and Ghodsee tell tough truths-academics is a hard and demanding career for anyone, and most difficult for women with children-but they recommend outsourcing whatever does not contribute directly to your job; availing yourself of good full- or part-time child care; finding an institution with fair work-family policies; attending conferences, networking, and coauthoring publications; saying 'no' to nonessential work; relocating as opportunities arise; and staying hyper vigilant about time management. A well-presented guidebook for academics. * Publishers Weekly * Bowdoin faculty members Connelly and Ghodsee are mothers who've struggled with the challenges of research, teaching, publishing, and caring for children in defiance of the conventional wisdom that women in academia have to choose between family and career. They devote an entire chapter to debunking the myths that discourage many women from pursuing tenure during their most fertile productive years. Drawing on their experiences and on surveys of and interviews with a variety of women in academia, they first review the decision to have an academic career and the decision to have children, including how many and when to have them. They proceed with a detailed chronology of the tenure track, a comprehensive guide, and unwavering encouragement. They are frank about sacrifices and challenges encountered during graduate study and the PhD dissertation, and they detail the hurdles presented by low salaries, undesirable work locations, and long working hours. But they also note the rewards of both academic life and motherhood. Women interested in careers in academia should appreciate this helpful, encouraging resource. * Booklist * In Professor Mommy, Rachel Connelly and Kristen Ghodsee present a thorough set of questions for women to consider and strategies to utilize in order to make informed decisions about pursuing both an academic career and family life. ... Professor Mommy is a practical guide written for women who are considering or currently combining family life and the pursuit of tenure. The authors recognize that tenure-track fathers have challenges when they are involved parents of small children, but Connelly and Ghodsee intentionally speak to the particular concerns and situations that mothers face. ... Professor Mommy has many helpful insider tips for any junior faculty member or graduate student who has not had these conversations with a trusted (mommy) mentor. ...[F]or those of us who desire to seek tenure within the existing system, having access to the information in Professor Mommy is invaluable. The book does what it sets out to do, providing information and options for women to make decisions that will position them as best as possible for tenure and promotion within the existing system. Recognizing that the assimilationist approach will not work for every woman, it provides guidance for the many. * Feminist Collections: A Quarterly Of Women's Studies Resources * With this new how-to guide for mothers in academia, Rachel Connelly and Kristen Ghodsee invite women academics to muster their courage and proceed despite the potential pitfalls. Their unblinking analysis of the risks and rewards of combining academic life with motherhood is a welcome and unique addi

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Rachel Connelly is the Bion R. Cram Professor of Economics at Bowdoin College and the mother of four children. An economist specializing in labor and economic demography, she has spent her research time, investigating the intersections between work and family life, her teaching time inspiring generations of Bowdoin students, and her home time reveling in child-centric chaos. Kristen Ghodsee is the John S. Osterwies Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College and was a single mother during the tenure process. She has received numerous honors for her work, including grants from Fulbright, and the National Science Foundation, as well as residential fellowships at Harvard University and the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study.


Contents Introduction: Why We Decided to Write this Book and Who We Are Anyway Chapter 1: A Success Story Told with the Hindsight of 20/20 Vision Chapter 2: The Nefarious Nine or the Not-So-Pretty Truth about Motherhood and Academia Chapter 3: Know Thyself Part I -Deciding to Become an Academic Chapter 4: Know Thyself Part II -Deciding How Many Children to Have and When To Have Them Chapter 5: The Last Year of Graduate School: Heading for the Job Market and Choosing the Institution that is Right for You Chapter 6: On the Tenure Track Part I - Scholarship and Networking Chapter 7: On the Tenure Track Part II - Teaching, Service, and Your Family Chapter 8: The Immediate Post-Tenure Years Chapter 9: Coming up for Full Professor Conclusion Appendix 1: Different Types of Institutions Appendix 2: The Other Perspective: Words from our Children Suggested Reading