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ERIC Number: EJ862169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Changing Tables and Changing Culture: Pregnancy, Parenting, and First-Year Writing
Comer, Denise
Composition Studies, v37 n2 p91-113 Fall 2009
Over the past seven years, the 59 full-time faculty of Duke University's first-year writing faculty have birthed, fathered, or adopted 22 babies. What makes this faculty birth rate so staggering is not only that it nearly triples the United States' national average, but also that it differentiates their program from so many other spaces in academia where births tend to be an occasion rather than a norm. Such prolific fecundity raises significant questions about pregnancy and parenting in the context of first-year writing: Does faculty pregnancy and parenting pose any meaningful impact on the work of first-year writing? Does this impact differ from that experienced by faculty in the natural or social sciences, other humanities, or even rhetoric? Given that first-year writing is home to a largely contingent faculty, likely not to enjoy the parental-leave policy support offered to many tenure-track faculty, how might first-year writing faculty and writing program administrators (WPAs) create an academic, socio-cultural climate that embraces pregnancy and parenting? What might be the advantages of doing so? To pursue these questions, the author examines several constrictions uniquely facing first-year writing faculty, especially women, and then illustrates a range of programmatic strategies that can help foster a more family-friendly, socio-cultural climate in first-year writing programs. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States