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ERIC Number: ED371365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-18
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Part-Time Teaching/Full-Time Parenting/Full-Time Consequences.
Bottiani, Sandy
Part-time college instructors with children are not perceived as professionals, and therefore they often do not advance to full-time status. Their inability to move out of the area limits their possibilities for full-time work and colleges often exploit this. Of the part-time women interviewed by members of a panel at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, nearly two-thirds mentioned family obligations that prevented them from relocating. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that pay for part-timers is so low. At Santa Barbara City College, for instance, part-timers earn about $25,000 less than full-time faculty. Part-time women, most of whom are mothers, must often seek other employment and thus cannot participate in the committee work, curriculum development, and classroom research that make a job candidate professionally competitive. However, most female part-time instructors in California state college English departments are mothers. The prejudice against women with children is deep-seated in the profession. From graduate school onward, women with children are not taken seriously as professional teachers and scholars. Solutions to the problem might include the possibility of shared contracts (more than one person working under a single professorship); more mentoring for women; tenure for part-time instructors; and day-care facilities. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California