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The Parent Track : Timing, Balance, and Choice in Academia

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Author: Christina DerocheEllie D. Berger

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Publish Date: 24 Feb 2017

ISBN-13: 9781771122412

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English



The Parent Track provides an in-depth understanding of parenting in academia, from diverse perspectives–gender, age, race/ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation–and at different phases of a parent’s academic career. This collection not only arrives at a comprehensive understanding of parenthood and academia; it reveals the shifting ideologies surrounding the challenges of negotiating work and family balance in this context. Earlier research on parenting has documented the ways in which women and men experience, and subsequently negotiate, their roles as parents in the context of the workplace and the home. Particular attention has been paid to the negotiation of familial and childcare responsibilities, the division of labour, the availability of family-friendly policies, social constructions of motherhood and fatherhood, power relations, and gender roles and inequality. Studies on the experience of parenthood within the context of academia, however, have lacked diversity and failed to provide qualitative accounts from scholars of all genders at varying points in their academic careers who have, or are planning to have, children. This book addresses that gap.
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About the Author

Christina DeRoche is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at Nipissing University, North Bay. Her areas of research are special education, special needs, and family relations. She recently published an article on how parents seek out labels in education to afford opportunities for their children. Ellie Berger is an associate professor of sociology at Nipissing University, North Bay. Her research focuses on age, gender, and work. She has published in the Gerontologist, Canadian Journal on Aging, Journal of Aging Studies, and Age Matters: Re-Aligning Feminist Thinking. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Ageism at Work: Negotiating Age, Gender, and Identity in the Discriminating Workplace.
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Table of Contents

On Overlaps and Bleeds: A Foreword / Amber E. Kinser Preface: Pregnant publications pause: Pursuing motherhood and the tenure track / Elizabeth Koblyk Introduction: Parenting as a Choice or Dilemma / Christina DeRoche and Ellie D. Berger Part One: Foundational Narratives Unanswered and Lingering Questions / Christina DeRoche Work-Family Balance?: A Challenging Yet Rewarding Journey through Gendered Academia / Ellie D. Berger Part Two: Making the Big Decision Conversations with Women: Mothers and Academics / Erin Careless Academia, My Mother and Me: Reflections on Intergenerational Emotional Geographies of Academic Parenting / Sara L. Jackson Patchwork Academia / Sarah Milmine Motherhood and Graduate Studies: The Untold Stories of Summer Residency / Melissa Corrente I’ve Been to Me / Jennifer Barnett Part Three: Parenting within Academia: Friend or Foe? Fatherhood and the Ph.D.: Time Management, Perfectionism, and the Question of Value / Geoff Salomons Going In and Coming Out: Understanding Ourselves as Mama Scholars / Lisa J. Starr and Kathleen M. Bortolin Longing to Belong: Parenting and Self Realization within Academia / Ilka Luyt “Dad and Mom Do Not Want to Get Zeroes”: Parenting in Academia / Mildred Tsitsi Masimira Of Diapers and Comprehensives: A Feminist Exploration of Graduate-Student-Mothering in the Academy / Anita Jack-Davies He Told Me Babies Sleep: Expectations and Realities about Maternity Leave Productivity / Tarah Brookfield Legacy and Vulnerability: Queer Parenting in the Academy / Sarah R. Pickett Surviving Parenthood and Academia: Two Professionals Striving to Maintain Work-Life Balance / Rose Ricciardelli and Stephen Czarnuch Parent-Student, Student-Parent: A Tale of Two Roles / Kevin Black Part Four: Ongoing Negotiation in Academia Navigating Role Conflict in Pursuit of an Academic Career: A.k.a. “You will get used to it” / Jane E. Barker Engaging Academia as the Nest Empties / Timothy Sibbald Juggling Fatherhood, Child Disability, and Academia / John Beaton Hopeful Intrusions: Moments as Both a Dad and a Professor / David Long A Bridge Too Far? The Elephant in the Ivory Tower: Parenting and The Tenure Track / John Hoben Baby Step by Baby Step: That Was the Way to Do It! / Michelann Parr About the Authors Index
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