Motherhood in the Academy: Where we are and where we can go

Thursday October 17th, 2013 from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. in UC Forum B

Presenter: Doctor Mari Castañeda, Associate Professor & Director of Diversity Advancement at UMass Amherst

The motherhood penalty continues in academia today. If a woman wants to be an assistant professor, she is much less likely to succeed if she is a mother. But fathers are actually much more likely to land a position and achieve tenure, even more likely than childless men. Universities across the country are addressing these disparities and implementing interventions such as family-friendly policies to help recruit and retain more women faculty especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. What can we do at USD to help navigate the waters of rank and tenure, scholarship demands, teaching obligations, service and home life?

Come join us as we discuss the issues around Motherhood and the Academy from a national and institutional level. Dr. Castañeda, Associate Professor & Director of Diversity Advancement, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at University of Massachusetts, Amherst will discuss some of the issues presented in her book “Mothers in the Academy.”* In addition, data from last year’s faculty climate survey will be presented by Dr. Michelle Camacho (Sociology) and personal perspectives presented by Drs. Susan Lord from Electrical Engineering and Sue Lowery from Biology.

*Mothers in Academia. (May 2013). Castañeda, M. and Isgro, K. (Eds.). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

To register for this Event online click here or call Johnny Bobe II at the Center for Educational Excellence at (619) 260-7402 or email

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