ERIC Number: ED368676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Dr. Mom Project.
Selke, Mary J.; Collins, Martha D.
This study explored what impact mothers having doctorates and being professors has on their children. A survey of 55 women professors with doctoral degrees was conducted, examining number of children, age and marital status, variables related to doctoral degrees, institutional variables, rank and tenure status, position descriptors and related responsibilities, considerations when seeking a position, advantages and disadvantages of a doctorate from children's and mother's perspectives, and support systems. Twice as many respondents were currently married as were divorced, and 5.5 percent had never been married. Numbers of children ranged from 1 to 6. Average number of hours in a typical workday ranged from 6 to 15, with most respondents putting in 9-12 hours. The average hours in a workday for nonparents ranged from 8-11 hours, while average hours for parents ranged from 6-15. Advantages of the mothers' doctorate, perceived by their children, included pride in the mother's position, the children's limitless potential for development, and the family emphasis on education. Advantages cited by mothers were financial considerations and knowledge of the ins and outs of the higher education system. Disadvantages included lack of time, stress, and not being as "domestic" as they would like. Women with doctorates would benefit from better support systems in general and better financial support. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, February 16-19, 1994).