Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

When a Good Thing Comes along. (Editor's Note)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

When a Good Thing Comes along. (Editor's Note)

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The idea to write about female administrators who made the difficult decision to leave the children with dad, albeit temporarily, in order to accept a career-boosting position, came about through a casual conversation among the Black Issues staff. When we were able to name a handful of women who have made this move--and recently--we knew we had a story. I'm sure there are countless others who have found themselves in the same predicament, and handled it in several different ways. We would like to hear from both men and women on this issue. How is it working out for you and your family? Is your particular college or university supportive of your familial circumstances?

You may remember in our Women in Higher Education edition in March (see Black Issues, March 28) we asked, "Do Babies Matter When Charting an Academic Career?" The answer appears to be apparently so as statistics suggest that women who achieve tenure often sacrifice childbearing to do so. It is no secret that professional women are often torn between career and family. How much time and energy do you invest in one without sacrificing the other?

I imagine the most difficult decisions regarding childbearing or child rearing probably occur early in a woman's career. What I find fascinating, however, is that by the time children are high-school age, and about to venture off to college, women are likely at the point in their careers where they are being considered for more senior-level positions. And what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity might be in another state--and clear across the country. …

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