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Coping with Gender Inequities

Critical Conversations of Women Faculty

By Sherwood Thompson (Edited by), Pamela Parry (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Other Information: 4 Illustrations, black and white
Published In: United States, 16 June 2017
This book provides a discussion of women faculty members' experiences on college and university campuses and examines their thoughts, perceptions, responsibilities, and status in the academy. Most specifically, this book explores the differences between male and women faculty in the academy; women faculty insight into teaching, research and service; how women faculty perceive their work environment; and the stress of faculty evaluation regarding tenure and promotion, and sharing of success stories and lessons learned. The author's intentions is to share authentic narratives of women faculty members, in their own voices. The voices that are selected for this book are from different disciplines; some participants are junior faculty while others are senior faculty. All of the participants share their eyewitness accounts of how they successfully navigated the road to the professorate. This discussion is critical at this junction in the history of higher education pertaining to gender equity. Women counterpart to male faculty members provide a very visible and meaningful role on campuses. with all of the positive roles that women faculty play on campuses, women faculty report that they are still experiencing, to some degree, less satisfaction and greater challenges than their male counterparts in many aspects of their profession.

Table of Contents

Dedication Foreword by Dr. Kim M. LeDuff, Ph.D. Acknowledgments Introduction- Dr. Sherwood Thompson of Eastern Kentucky University, and Dr. Pam Parry of Eastern Kentucky University Chapter 1: 'Particularly' Good for the Women- Dr. Ginny Whitehouse of Eastern Kentucky University and Senior Lecturer Krista Kimmel of Eastern Kentucky University Chapter 2: Achieving Tenure and Promotion- Dr. Simone C. O. Conceicao of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chapter 3: Family-friendly Working Conditions- Dr. Karen Christopher of the University of Louisville Chapter 4: Faculty Perspectives of Teaching Online- Dr. Shirley Peganoff O'Brien of Eastern Kentucky University Chapter 5: Women of Color in Higher Education- Dr. Carolyn A. Lin of the University of Connecticut, Dr. Diana I. Rios of the University of Connecticut and Dr. Ruth A. Washington of Kent State University Chapter 6: Faculty of Color and Student Relations- Dr. Edith Fraser of Alabama A & M University (Retired) Chapter 7: Establishing Effective Mentoring Relationships, Part I- Dr. Donna Gibson McCrary of Alabama A&M University Chapter 8: Establishing Effective Mentoring Relationships, Part II- Dr. Martina Nieswandt of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Chapter 9: Debunking Myths- Dr. Crystal Renee Chambers of East Carolina University-Greenville Chapter 10: Triumvirate of Academia- Dr. Rebecca Fredrickson of Texas Woman's University, Dr. Sarah McMahan of Texas Woman's University, and Dr. Holly Hansen-Thomas of Texas Woman's University Chapter 11: Academic Advancement and Leadership- Dr. Keisha M. Love of Kennesaw State University Chapter 12: Injustice Revealed- Dr. Doris L. Crawford of Ideal Educational Concepts and Solutions, LLC Chapter 13: Brown Girls in the Ivory Tower- Dr. Janaka B. Lewis of University of North Carolina-Charlotte Conclusion- Dr. Pam Parry of Eastern Kentucky University and Dr. Sherwood Thompson of Eastern Kentucky University

About the Author

Sherwood Thompson has attained distinction through a lengthy and productive career, directing campus-wide diversity programs for three major Carnegie Foundation Divisions-I public research universities, as well as one regional Polytechnic University. In this capacity, he has worked as a leader for university-wide diversity initiatives and multicultural programs, and he led an array of leadership positions in departments that served the academic needs of diverse students, faculty, and staff. Pam Parry is Interim Chair of the Communication Department and Associate Professor of Public Relations at Eastern Kentucky University. In 2016, she received the Applegate Award for Excellence in Research from the Kentucky Communication Association. She is the author of Eisenhower: The Public Relations President. She is co-editor of a book series, Women in American Political History, which is being published by Lexington Books, a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield.


This riveting and very important collection of personal accounts is a much needed work that focuses on the daily struggles women faculty have had to overcome in higher education. While the stories are inspiring and thought-provoking, 'Coping with Gender Inequities...' makes a valid and timely argument that there remains a vast amount of work that needs to be done in terms inclusion and equity for women in the Academy. It clearly outlines the hegemonic power structures females, as graduate students and later as female faculty, have had to navigate through to cope with gender biases, salary gaps, tenure and promotion discrepancies, uneven workloads, and lack of appreciation and recognition. Readers inside and outside of higher ed will appreciate this collection and will find it applicable. -- Kathy Previs, Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University I commend Sherwood and Pam in their ability to have captured through conversations the dichotomy that exist between male and female colleagues in higher education. It is no secret that progress has been made toward women advancement in various positions of academia. Discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, and sex-role stereotypes in education are common within bureaucratic school governance. These authors have given voice to the marginalization of women and the atrocities of the inequities of gender discrimination. -- Valjeaner Brewington Ford, Professor, School of Education, University of North Carolina Pembroke "Critical Conversations" provides unique insight into the real experiences of women as they navigate the culture of American Universities. While there is no blame and shame, there is much candor that can inform efforts to realize the contributions of women as scholars and teachers. -- Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO, AACTE

EAN: 9781475826463
ISBN: 147582646X
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.52 centimetres (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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