early/mid career female faculty

A write up that I think is publicly accessible: http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=15780

Not that I’m having kids anytime soon but this finding was a pleasant surprise:

Having a child offers perspective.  In the face of the often stressful tenure process, the early career faculty in this study maintained a sense of perspective and equanimity that they attributed to their dual roles of mother and professor. Work helped to buffer the challenges of family life, and family helped to buffer the realities of work life. This perspective was maintained for women later in their careers as well. Having children translated into very deliberate awareness about prioritization and career advancement.  General findings from research about faculty suggest that the faculty job is a consuming one that does not offer much time or energy to think about anything other than work associated with the faculty career. This was clearly not the case for the women in the study.

a community college prof on community: http://chronicle.com/article/Community-College-With-a/49257/

The reality—of strangers working closely together for 15 weeks on commuter campuses, working long hours to pay bills, poring over diagrams of air conditioners or Spanish verb forms, and then going their separate ways—is too cold for comedy. The show may miss the intellectual life of community colleges and ignore the prosaic struggles many students face, but it has created precisely what is often missing in real community colleges—community.


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