Women Educators’ Experiences During COVID-19: On the Front Lines examines the gendered experiences, challenges, and rapid changes faced by women in higher education during COVID-19. The book’s chapters cover lived experiences ranging from graduate students navigating the pandemic to those grappling with balancing motherhood and the academy. Through these diverse perspectives, this edited collection explores the impact of the diversity and nuances of the feminine identity on navigating higher education during an international health crisis. Ultimately, contributors provide recommendations for best practices and suggestions for change for administrators, faculty, and policymakers to dismantle the academy as a male-dominated institution. Scholars of communication, gender studies, and higher education will find this book of particular interest.
Victoria McDermott is assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Amy R. May is assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Teresa Heinz Housel is a senior tutor in the School of Journalism, Communication and Marketing at Massey University of New Zealand.
Erica Knotts is senior instructor of communication and program coordinator for the Conflict Management Certificate in the Department of Communication, Media, and Cinema at Southern Oregon University.
Stevie M. Munz is associate professor in the Department of Communication at Utah Valley University.
Leandra H. Hernández is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah.
Victoria McDermott, Amy R. May, Teresa Heinz Housel, Erica Knotts, Stevie M. Munz, Leandra H. Hernández
Part 1: Women’s Experiences
Chapter 1: The Never-ending Pandemic(s): A Narrative Analysis on Black Women Educators Dealing with COVID, Sexism, and Racism
Aisha Powell, Symone Campbell, and Ashley Leveille
Chapter 2: The Radical Specificity of COVID Autoethnographic MotherWriting
Chapter 3: “I Want to be the Supporter, Not the Supported”: The Impact of Unreciprocated Caregiving on Women Faculty During COVID-19
Rachel L. Reilly
Chapter 4: Balancing Academic Mothers and Academic Scholars: Gender Imbalances in Service Loads in Academic Institutions
Chin-Chung Chao and Ming Xie
Chapter 5: The Soul of Working Women: Holistic Identity Challenges for Women Graduate Students During COVID-19
Lakelyn E. Taylor and Elaine Schnabel
Chapter 6: Stories of Effective and Ineffective Support for Women Faculty through Lockdowns, Wildfires, and Budget Cuts
Erica Knotts, Alena Ruggerio, and Isabella McCord
Chapter 7: :”I Don’t Have Ducks, They’re Not in a Line. I Have a Squirrels at a Rave”: Higher Education Administrators’ Meaning-Making of COVID-19
Victoria McDermott, and Olivia Truban
Part 2: COVID-19 Initiatives
Chapter 8: Deconstructing COVID-19 Pandemic Institutional Initiatives: Where Do Women Academics Fit?
Chapter 9: ”Asking Us to Do More With Less”: Academic Mother’s Muted Experiences During the “Shecession”
Megan Lambertz-Berndt and Anuraj Dhillon
Chapter 10: Pandemic Impact Statements: Challenges, Opportunities, and Considerations for Gender Equity in Academe
Dawn Culpepper and Sarah Kilmer
Part 3: Recommendations/Conclusion
About the Editors
About the Contributors
“Academic women—If your “Things I don’t have time to do” list is expanding daily and if you’re tired of institutional platitudes about wellbeing, this book will resonate. The authors write with grace and insight about the challenges female academics face and how the pandemic accelerated these. Prepare to have a lot of “Well said!” thoughts as you turn the pages."
“This edited collection opens up important conversations about the experiences of faculty and students during this health crisis, with attention to the many ways gender bias intersected with other forms of discrimination and marginalization. The summary section on rights and recommendations should be required reading for those who hope to improve academic environments in the future."