full name / name of organization:
Mary Ruth Marotte and Paige Reynolds
The editors of Dads in Academia: Male Voices In and Out of the Ivory Tower
invite contributions for an interdisciplinary collection of creative
nonfiction essays on the rewards and challenges of being both a father and
an academic. Much recent discussion about the juxtaposition of parenthood
and the academy has focused on the difficulties that female professors
face when they choose to become mothers. Books like Mama, PhD: Women Write
about Motherhood and Academic Life, edited by Caroline Grant and Elrena
Evans, depict the oftentimes bleak prospects of merging the two
endeavors. This collection welcomes the masculine voice into this lively
and provocative dialogue. Further, Dads in Academia creates a space for
male professors to describe their own experiences of balancing the demands
and desires of two worlds that have changed notably throughout the past
few decades: fatherhood and academia.
We encourage contributors to consider the changing cultural perceptions,
representations, and expectations associated with fatherhood, and to
explore the impact of such changes on their identities as teachers and
scholars. Increasingly, fathers are taking on a more intense role with
regard to child-rearing than ever before. How do todayâ€™s male academics
view their participation in the parenting process? How is this changing
the nature of the job? Has the evolving role of the father in
contemporary society changed the job itself?
We also welcome essays that focus on how the evolution of fatherhood is
changing the face of academia. Have we seen any concrete changes on
college campuses to encourage the â€œprofessor as interactive fatherâ€
schemata? What is the climate like for male professors who â€œwant it allâ€?
Are they able to balance fatherhood and the road to tenure? What gives?
Mary Ruth Marotte, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of English and the
Director of Graduate Studies in English at the University of Central
Arkansas, where she specializes in womenâ€™s studies and critical theory.
Her book, Captive Bodies: American Women Writers Redefine Pregnancy and
Childbirth, was released by Demeter Press in October 2008. She lives in
Conway, AR with her husband and three children.
Paige Martin Reynolds, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of English at the
University of Central Arkansas. Her areas of interest include
Shakespeare, British Renaissance Drama, Performance Studies, Gender
Studies, and Elizabeth I. She has authored articles published or
forthcoming in SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, ANQ:
American Notes and Queries, and 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and
Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. She lives in Little Rock, AR with her
husband and daughter.
Deadline: March 1, 2009
Length: 1,500 to 4,000 words
Format: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please
include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and a short bio
on the last page.
Submissions: Send one copy to Dr. Mary Ruth Marotte, Department of
English, Irby Hall, 201 Donaghey Ave., University of Central Arkansas,
Conway, AR, 72035
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