Professional Studies Review needs an article on blogging for its latest special issue

When I saw this call for papers:

Professional Studies Review is now accepting articles for consideration for its Fall 2006 issue. This issue will be devoted to Women in the Profession. Suggested topics might include (but are not limited to) such issues as:

Feminist Pedagogy
Debunking Myths of Women in Academe
Patriarchal Expectations and Feminist Strategies in Colleges of Professional Studies
Tenure and Promotion
Women and Leadership in the Professional Colleges
Codes of Female Pedagogy
The University Classroom: A Woman’s Sphere?
Opening Doors and Shattering Glass Ceilings: Women and Promotion
Overrating and Underrating: Students Evaluation of Women Professors
Women Leading, Men Following: A New Professional Paradigm?
African-American and Hispanic representation among college teachers
What the Professions Should Be Doing
Strategies for Recruitment and Retention
Women’s Studies Courses
Salary/pay inequalities
Gender Trends in Professional Practice

Submissions should be written for scholars, teachers and graduate students who are not necessarily specialists in a professional field but are versed in the current research.

Submissions from younger scholars and graduate students are welcome.

Deadline for final submission: March 15, 2006

To receive author guidelines or journal information, contact:

Dr. Joseph Marotta, General Editor, email: or see the PSR website:

I thought of this panel, which I don't remember seeing in the MLA program, so I don't know if it worked out. Anyway, don't you think this special issue would be strengthened by addressing the proliferation of pseudonymous weblogs by academic women? Also glaringly absent from this list: Issues related to having children and an academic career, a.k.a. tenure and toddlers. See also the November/December 2004 issue of Academe.


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Tenure and toddlers

One of the most interesting things about the tenure and toddlers research I've read, and this goes along with the first couple of articles I noticed from the link you posted, is that the comparison between men and women seems to assume that the men are married.

It's one thing to be a tenure-track man who hands the kids off to his spouse when he goes to work.* It's quite another to be in my position, a single father with full custody of two children. I have a hunch that the situation for single fathers is pretty similar to that for single mothers. For either one, children present an obstacle for tenure.

Fortunately, it's an obstacle that's very much worth it.


*In theory, married tenure-track women could do the same, but I'm sure not as many women as men do so.

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