Anyone have observations, experience, or additional research to address the question raised by the Does Academe Hinder Parenthood? The Inside Higher Ed piece begins:
Numerous reports and accounts suggest that balancing parenthood and academic careers can be difficult, particularly for women. Two new studies suggest that, possibly as a result, many female academics may be opting not to have kids.
Comment: While a student at Grove City College, I enjoyed getting to know several faculty kids in my classes AND to see another side of my professors when I visited their homes. My wife and I even had the opportunity to spend our first several months of marriage on the third floor of an English professor’s house (Note: female, married, three children with youngest in college). Twelve years later, I keep in touch with almost all of my Grove City College faculty mentors (which I confess were mostly men) and the faculty kids with whom I went to college. A truly formative experience of seeing/experiencing and being mentored by families. Hoping this experience isn’t too unique among liberal arts colleges with Christian roots as I suspect it to be and good to observe that Grove City College has continued to hire more female faculty.