Power Women
Power Women
  • Length: 252 pages
  • Published: October 05, 2021
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5306-9
  • Item Code: 5306
  • Case Quantity: 40

"The dominant narrative we hear as professor mothers is that motherhood and academia are incompatible."

Two challenging vocations, each filled with complexities and daily ups and downs. Yet more and more women are answering the call to both the academy and motherhood. A growing body of literature addresses parent-professors, but what about the particular needs of Christian women seeking to navigate both callings while living out their faith?

With Power Women, Nancy Wang Yuen and Deshonna Collier-Goubil have curated a unique resource by and for Christian academic mothers. This collection of essays includes the voices of women of different backgrounds, academic disciplines, institutions, and stages of parenting and career. Together contributors provide wisdom, encouragement, and solidarity for women who share a similar vocational journey. Combining research with personal stories, they address topics such as these:

  • how parenting and teaching can be mutually enriching
  • managing ambition, identity, and time
  • addressing misconceptions about motherhood in the academy, church, and society
  • navigating gender roles in marriage
  • taking maternity leave
  • flourishing as an adjunct professor
  • mentoring professor moms
  • resisting imposter syndrome by finding rest in God

There is no magic formula, but there are many paths to thriving in the call to motherhood and the academy. Christian academic moms will find in this book honest yet uplifting reminders that they are not alone. In addition, administrators, family members, and friends will grow in understanding and appreciation of the power women in their lives.

"This book offers stories, observations, and insights into one of the most important conversations for men and women faculty of faith in the academy. How do we fulfill God's call to our first promises—to God, our spouses, and our children? How do we fulfill God's call to be good stewards of our gifts and talents? How do we listen intently to when we should step in and step out of certain rhythms of our lives? What happens when the unexpected happens? In sharing what worked and what didn't, where we failed and where we succeeded, we allow this generation and future generations to have standing stones to guide them. When all is said and done, what we hope God will say is, 'Well done good and faithful servant.' And if said to us, frail humans, it will be through a lens of grace by the Author and Creator of grace. We all hope that we gave or are giving our lives up to God as an offering. And the stories in this book reflect those offerings today."

Shirley Hoogstra, president, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, from the foreword


Introduction: Considering Motherhood and the Academy

Part 1: Navigating Academia
1. Divvying up Love: Scholarly Ambition and Motherhood as Spiritual Formation, Maria Su Wang, Ph.D.
2. The Synergy of Lullaby and Syllabi, Stephanie Chan, Ph.D.
3. (Mis)Perceptions of Maternity Leave in the Academy, Teri Clemons, SLP.D.
4. A Principled Discussion for Adjunct Professor Mothers, Yiesha Thompson, Ph.D.

Part 2: Navigating Motherhood
5. The "Good" Mother, Christina Lee Kim, Ph.D.
6. Re-Categorization: A Grace for Working Moms, Ji Y. Son, Ph.D.
7. Mission Possible: Academia and Parenting a Child with Exceptional Needs, Yvette Latunde, Ed.D.

Part 3: Navigating Multiple Callings
8. Juggling Multiple Roles: Narrative of a Korean Pastor’s Wife, Mother, and Psychology Professor, Jenny H. Pak, Ph.D.
9. Answering a Threefold Calling: Motherhood, the Academy, and the Pastorate, Jennifer Powell McNutt, Ph.D., Fr.Hist.S.
10. Balancing University Teaching and Homeschooling, Yvana Uranga-Hernandez, Ph.D.

Part 4: Navigating Support
11. It Takes a Village: Raising Children with Support, Deshonna Collier-Goubil, Ph.D. and Nancy Wang Yuen, Ph.D.
12. Navigating Marriage as the Breadwinner, Joy E.A. Qualls, Ph.D.
13. Empowerment of Professor Moms through Mentorship, Doretha O’Quinn, Ph.D.
14. Imposter Blues and Finding Rest in God, Jean Neely, Ph.D.

Epilogue: Parting Advice
Appendix: Institutional Support for Academic Mothers
List of Contributors

Author photo of Nancy Wang Yuen

Nancy Wang Yuen (PhD, University of California) is a sociologist and pop culture expert. She is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism and serves as an associate professor of sociology at Biola University. She has appeared on PBS, NPR, NBC Nightly News, BBC World TV, Dr. Phil, New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. She is a guest writer at Newsweek, Elle, HuffPost, and Self.

BY Nancy Wang Yuen

Author photo of Deshonna Collier-Goubil

Deshonna Collier-Goubil, (PhD, Howard University) is the founding chair of the department of criminal justice at Azusa Pacific University. She lives in Fontana, California.

BY Deshonna Collier-Goubil