ERIC Number: EJ779187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Hidden Disability and an Academic Career
Beretz, Elaine M.
Academe, v89 n4 p51-55 Jul-Aug 2003
Is fighting a serious illness or recovering from a major injury mutually exclusive with being a professor? Trends in academic employment and societal attitudes toward disability answer that question with a resounding yes. This disturbing state of affairs will continue until people develop ways to accommodate the "hidden" disability of serious illness or injury to the realities of academic life. Illness and injury are inescapable realities of human life. Sooner or later, they touch everyone, and their impact on academic careers is devastating. This article outlines the problem, relying mainly on anecdotal evidence. Since institutions and attitudes impose cruel choices on faculty with hidden disabilities, the author describes what institutions should do to help these faculty to sustain their work and careers.
Descriptors: Injuries, College Faculty, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Chronic Illness, Cancer, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Diseases
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Family and Medical Leave Act 1993