Public Event - Mothers in Academia

Mothers in Academia - Feb. 15

UMass Mutual Mentoring “MotherWIT” proudly presents the following public event:

Mothers in Academia

Friday Feb. 15
2:00 - 4:00 PM
UMass Campus Center Room 803

As higher learning institutions move toward more corporate-based models of teaching, the immense structural and cultural changes are transforming women’s academic lives and, by extension, their families. This panel will feature authors from the forthcoming book, Mothers in Academia (Columbia University Press, May 2013) and their experiences with the conditions of working motherhood and academic life.


  • Kirsten Isgro / SUNY Plattsburgh, “Speaking Truth to Power to Change the Ivory Tower”
  • Vanessa Adel / UMass Amherst, “Four Kids and a Dissertation: Queering the Balance Between Family and Academia”
  • Wendy Wilde / UMass Amherst, “Diverse Academic Support for an Employee, Mother, and Nontraditional Student”
  • Allia Matta / CUNY LaGuardia Community College, “Revolving Doors: Mother-Woman Rhythms in Academic Spaces”
  • Brenda Bushouse / UMass Amherst, “Supporting Academic Mothers: Creating a Work Environment with Choices”

For more information please contact: Prof. Laura A Valdiviezo (, Prof. Sally Galman ( or Prof. Mari Castañeda (

This event is supported by the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development's Mutual Mentoring Initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

MODERATOR: Mari Castañeda / UMass Amherst

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