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Guest Expert Workshop: Academic Motherhood - How Faculty Manage Work and Family
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When: 05/07/2013
3:00 PM ET
Where: Online Tele-Workshop

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Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family
Facilitators: Kelly Ward & Lisa Wolf-Wendel

In this workshop Kelly Ward and Lisa Wolf-Wendel will discuss the research they conducted on over one hundred women who are both professors and mothers, and how they navigated through their professional lives during different stages of their careers.  Ward and Wolf-Wendel base their findings on a longitudinal study that asked how women faculty on the tenure track managed work and family in their early careers (pre-tenure) when their children are under the age of five, and then again at mid-career (post-tenure) when their children are older. The women that took part in this study work in a range of institutional settings—research universities, comprehensive universities, liberal arts colleges, and community colleges—and in a variety of disciplines, including the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. This session speaks to the needs of administrators, prospective and current faculty, as well as scholars. They bring an element of hope and optimism to the topic of work and family in academia, providing insight and policy recommendations that support faculty with children and offer mechanisms for problem-solving at personal, departmental, institutional, and national levels.  Their work has recently been published by Rutgers press in a book titled, Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family.  The book was recently awarded the American Educational Research Association Postsecondary Education Outstanding Publication of the Year (2013).

Kelly Ward, PhD is chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology at Washington State University. She is the author of Faculty Service Roles and the Scholarship of Engagement and the co-author of Developing New Faculty as Teachers and Scholars.  She is also the co-author of Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family

Lisa Wolf-Wendel, PhD is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. She is the co-author of several books, including The Two-Body Problem: Dual Career Couple Hiring Policies in Higher Education and Taking Women Seriously: Lessons and Legacies for Educating the Majority and most recently, Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family. 


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