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Mothering on the Tenure Track: Paths for Choice and Empowerment

Panel with Elizabeth M. Claffey, Joy Christiansen-Erb, Morgan M. Ford, and Priya Kambli

Saturday, October 08 - 9:00AM to 10:30AM
Lindell Room B - Chase Park Plaza

Balancing a family and a career in the arts and academia is challenging. Statistics show that women who have children are under-represented in academia, which means that a major body of knowledge is missing from daily discourse. When academia lacks diversity in gender, race, and experience, education can mirror the hegemonic society that it needs to question. While balancing a studio practice, research, teaching, service, and parenting is challenging, these challenges can be deeply enriching and contribute to the expansion of both theory and art practice.

This panel discussion is designed to create space for conversation, questions, and knowledge exchange regarding parenting on the tenure track. Each artist will address participating in the job market, either during pregnancy or as the mother of a young child, starting a tenure-track position while also caring for a family, and/or strategies for ensuring a strong studio practice while parenting. We will also discuss, anecdotally, how mothering can enhance the ability to perform in the workplace, contribute as a strong professor and colleague within the changing landscapes of academia, and help foster the critical component of community awareness and support.


Elizabeth M. Claffey
Elizabeth M. Claffey
Joy  Christiansen-Erb
Joy Christiansen-Erb
Morgan Willingham
Morgan Willingham
Priya  Kambli
Priya Kambli

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