Feminist Mentoring in Academia offers a varied collection of autoethnographic and research-based accounts of support, struggle, and resilience from the ivory tower. Contributors write about the moments in-between, where feminist mentoring initiates, renews, thrives, and sometimes struggles. The work presented in this book highlights how feminist mentoring happens between professor and student; junior faculty and tenured; and occurs repeatedly. Featuring contributions from scholars at varying points in their academic careers, the chapters of this book propose best feminist mentorship practices, disclose personal narratives, and critique traditional forms of mentoring with visions for feminist mentorship futures. Scholars of communication, feminist studies, higher education, and sociology will find this book of particular interest.
Jessica A. Pauly is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Utah Valley University.
Stevie M. Munz is associate professor in the Department of Communication at Utah Valley University.
Leandra Hinojosa Hernández is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah.
Stevie M. Munz, Leandra Hinojosa Hernández, and Jessica A. Pauly
Chapter 1: Feminist Co-Mentoring For Resilience: Institutionalizing Micro-Macro Strategies for Adaptation and Transformation
Patrice M. Buzzanell
Chapter 2: Feminist Pedagogy Collective: Reflections on Feminist Co-Mentoring in U.S. Academia
Danielle J. Corple, Sean M. Eddington, Elizabeth Wilhoit Larson, Jasmine R. Linabary, Ziyu Long, & Jessica A. Pauly
Chapter 3: “Fairness, not Equity”: Using Horizontal Feminist Mentoring to Cope with Sexism
Chapter 4: Mentor, Sponsor, or Advocate?: Institutionalized Mentoring Versus Feminist Mentoring
Chapter 5: Sisters Be Doing it for Themselves: Organic Interstage Feminist Mentoring
Cecilia Cerja, Jennifer Bender, Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs, Gabriela I. Morales
Chapter 6: Beyond Burnout: Gaming, Glowing, and Building Feminist Mentor Community
Scarlett L. Hester and Katherine J. Denker
Chapter 7: Women of Color in Communication Studies: Informal Feminist Mentoring, Building Peer Support Networks and Identity Navigation through Creative Collaboration
Tui Matelau and Helen Yeung
Chapter 8: Sister circles as Black feminist mentorship for Black doctoral women in PWIs
Chapter 9: Behind Every Woman: Feminist Mentoring in a Closed Social Media Group
Sheri Rysdam; Katharine O’Connor; Alicia Nijdam-Jones; Katherine Fama; Heidi Smith Parker; Brandi Felderhoff
Chapter 10: The Struggle is Real
Chapter 11: Feminist Co-Mentoring Across Three Academic Generations
Sharmila Pixy Ferris, Diana Peck and Kelli Jean Smith
About the Contributors
“Feminist Mentoring in Academia captures the powerful potential of feminist mentoring practices, from co-mentoring to sister circles, to resist, disrupt, and transform the hierarchical and alienating norms of academia. This is a timely book that is at its best when it draws from the diverse experiences of the authors, experiences that collectively point to the necessity of developing mentoring practices for faculty that move beyond traditional, institutionalized, vertical mentoring.”