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.
About the author:
Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the Northeast Regional Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). For a number of years, the Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine was the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!