"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:
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."
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