edited by Constance Coiner and Diana Hume George
University of Illinois Press, 1998
Paper: 978-0-252-06694-8 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02291-3
Library of Congress Classification LB1778.2.F358 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 378.12

     How do the necessities of caring for others deter, benefit, or redefine
        research and teaching in higher education? What have universities done
        to recognize the difficulties facing academic parents, single mothers
        and fathers, graduate students, lesbian and gay couples? What pro-family
        policies can be enacted during institutional budget crises?
      At a time when the academy is an ever more demanding arbiter and shaper
        of the lives of those it employs, The Family Track: Keeping Your Faculties
        While You Mentor, Nurture, Teach, and Serve discusses the challenges
        and benefits of balancing a rewarding professional life with the competing
        needs to nurture children, care for aging parents, and engage in other
        personal relationships. Here academic women and men explore issues that
        include biological and tenure clocks, childcare and eldercare, surrogate
        parenting of students, and increasing job demands. In telling stories
        about the quality of their lives, they express their hopes, anxieties,
        difficulties, and personal strategies for maintaining a delicate but achievable
      "Lively, well-written, useful, and persuasive … The Family
        Track reveals much on family roles within the academy and suggests
        many specific projects and guidelines for Institutional change."
        -- Judith Kegan Gardiner, editor of Provoking Agents: Gender and Agency
        in Theory and Practice