Castañeda to Explore Intersection of Academic Policies and Motherhood

Associate professor of communication Mari Castañeda will discuss her recent work in a talk titled “Bearing Witness to Mothers’ Lives in Academia” on Monday, Feb. 3 at 12:15 p.m. in 620 Thompson Hall as part of the Center for Public Policy and Administration’s spring Faculty Colloquium series.

The talk will address the use of testimonial methodology as a tool for generating scholarship about the lived experience of mothers working and learning in an academic context. It will also review some of the central issues affecting academic motherhood and point to some of the institutional policies and practices that can foster a culture of care on campuses.

Castañeda is co-editor of “Mothers in Academia,” a collection of essays conveying women’s experiences considering and living the reality of motherhood while working in higher education. In addition to her position in the communication department, Castañeda is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the Center for Latin American Caribbean and Latino Studies, and women, gender, sexuality studies. She is also the director of diversity advancement for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Faculty Colloquium series consists of informal talks, often about works-in-progress, with presenters providing a significant amount of time for audience discussion and feedback. Sessions are open to the public and brown bag lunches are welcome.