ERIC Number: EJ914909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
Labor Pains in the Academy
Tillmann, Lisa M.
Academe, v97 n1 p30-33 Jan-Feb 2011
Inside each of us, British psychoanalyst Adam Phillips noted, are many lives competing to be lived. In this essay, the author describes how her educational and professional goals influenced her decision to delay having children. Now, at age 40, and having achieved tenure, she wonders if she may have waited too long for the "competing life" that includes children. She also wonders if, had she chosen that "competing life," she would have joined the nearly 60% of faculty mothers who give serious consideration to leaving academia. Tillmann states that she shares the convictions expressed by philosopher Jean Kazez in "The Long and Winding Road" that "academics ought to value excellence (and take care in defining it), but also take responsibility for creating structures within which people can live good lives." She concludes that if we cannot get work-life right in academia--potentially one of the most progressive, holistic, flexible, and autonomous environments--what hope is there to transform systems in solidarity with others who labor outside the academy?
American Association of University Professors. 1012 Fourteenth Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 800-424-2973; Tel: 202-737-5900; Fax: 202-737-5526; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.aaup.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A