Disrupting the Culture of Silence
Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education

Foreword by Penny A. Pasque
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What do women academics classify as challenging, inequitable, or “hostile” work environments and experiences? How do these vary by women’s race/ethnicity, rank, sexual orientation, or other social locations?

How do academic cultures and organizational structures work independently and in tandem to foster or challenge such work climates?

What actions can institutions and individuals–independently and collectively–take toward equity in the academy?

Despite tremendous progress toward gender equality and equity in institutions of higher education, deep patterns of discrimination against women in the academy persist. From the “chilly climate” to the “old boys’ club,” women academics must navigate structures and cultures that continue to marginalize, penalize, and undermine their success.

This book is a “tool kit” for advancing greater gender equality and equity in higher education. It presents the latest research on issues of concern to them, and to anyone interested in a more equitable academy. It documents the challenging, sometimes hostile experiences of women academics through feminist analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, including narratives from women of different races and ethnicities across disciplines, ranks, and university types.

The contributors’ research draws upon the experiences of women academics including those with under-examined identities such as lesbian, feminist, married or unmarried, and contingent faculty. And, it offers new perspectives on persistent issues such as family policies, pay and promotion inequalities, and disproportionate service burdens. The editors provide case studies of women who have encountered antagonistic workplaces, and offer action steps, best practices, and more than 100 online resources for individuals navigating similar situations.

Beyond women in academe, this book is for their allies and for administrators interested in changing the climates, cultures, and policies that allow gender inequality to exist on their campuses, and to researchers/scholars investigating these phenomena. It aims to disrupt complacency amongst those who claim that things are “better” or “good enough” and to provide readers with strategies and resources to counter barriers created by culture, climate, or institutional structures.

Table of Contents:
FOREWORD
Penny A. Pasque

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION
From People to Policies: Enduring Inequalities and Inequities for Women Academics
Kristine De Welde and Andi Stepnick


PART ONE: THE STRUCTURE
1. GLASS CEILINGS AND GATED COMMUNITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Robert J. Hironimus-Wendt and Doreen A. Dedjoe

2. CHALLENGES OF RACE AND GENDER FOR BLACK WOMEN IN THE ACADEMY
Candice P. Baldwin and Monica D. Griffin

3. CONTINGENT APPOINTMENTS AND THE DIMINISHING VOICE, AGENCY, AND PROFESSIONALISM OF WOMEN
Cecile H. Sam and Adrianna Kezar

4. FACULTY GENDER INEQUITY AND THE “JUST SAY NO TO SERVICE” FAIRY TALE
Karen Pyke

CASE STUDY: LECTURER BARNES: LONG-TERM CONTINGENT FACULTY

PART TWO: STRUCTURE MEETS CULTURE
5. THE INFLUENCE OF DEPARTMENTAL CULTURE ON ACADEMIC PARENTS’ PRO-WORK BEHAVIORS
Julie A. Kmec, Shanyuan Foo, and Amy S. Wharton

6. ASSIMILATING TO THE NORM
Academic Women’s Experiences With Work-Family Policies
Catherine Richards Solomon

7. THE ELDERCARE CRISIS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR WOMEN FACULTY
Gretal Leibnitz and Briana Morrison

CASE STUDY: GRADUATE STUDENT CHASTAIN: NAVIGATING GENDERED FAMILY-WORK EXPECTATIONS


PART THREE: EXCLUSIONARY CULTURES
8. PERPETUATING INEQUALITY THROUGH THE CANONS OF DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE
Barret Katuna

9. CHARACTERISTICS AND PERCEPTIONS OF WOMEN OF COLOR FACULTY NATIONALLY
Corinne Castro

10. WOMEN SOCIOLOGISTS AND THE QUESTION OF INCLUSION IN THE ACADEMY
Kristin Marsh

11. NOT THE IDEAL PROFESSOR: Gender in the Academy
Laura Hirshfield

12. INTERSECTIONAL INVISIBILITY AND THE ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCES OF LESBIAN FACULTY
Diana Bilimoria and Abigail J. Stewart

CASE STUDY: PROFESSOR LIU: THE MULTIPLE CHALLENGES FOR AN ASIAN WOMAN PROFESSOR IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCE FIELD


PART FOUR: HOSTILE CLIMATES
13. GENDER DIFFERENCES IN FACULTY RESPONSES TO CONTRAPOWER HARASSMENT
Claudia Lampman

14. CONFRONTING FACULTY INCIVILITY AND MOBBING
Susan K. Gardner and Amy Blackstone

15. WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE ACADEMY
From Trauma to Transformation
Molly Everett Davis, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi, and Renay Scales

CASE STUDY: PROFESSOR SMITH: EARLY-CAREER MOBBING AND STUDENT HOSTILITIES


PART FIVE: TOOLS FOR CHANGING THE ACADEMY
16. MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES FOR CREATING CHANGE IN THE ACADEMY
Elizabeth J. Allan

17. WITH SO MANY PROBLEMS, WHERE DO WE BEGIN?: Building a Toolbox for Change
Abby L. Ferber

CASE STUDIES OF RESISTANCE AND FEMINIST CHANGE


ONLINE RESOURCES
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
INDEX


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Reviews & Endorsements:
“Although frequently considered the ultimate bastion of liberalism, academia in the United States remains plagued with inequalities. Shining a spotlight on this dirty little secret, revealing how specific inequities operate, and offering solutions to them are the subjects of this superb volume edited by Kristine De Welde and Andi Stepnick. Although their focus is on gender inequality within the United States, attention is also given to the situation of minorities who suffer the double-whammy of being in more than one discriminated-against group, such as women of color or transgendered academics.

This volume does an exceptional job of tracing the history of change within the academy and is required reading for courses and scholars in the field.”
- Sex Roles
"The intended audience is women faculty, though this includes tenured and tenure-track professors, contingent faculty and lecturers. By focusing on faculty in particular, the editors are able to reveal longstanding inequalities amongst a population presumed to be of power, making individual stories and quantitative statistics alike salient to those with experience of any kind in higher education. The book provides solidarity for women faculty, and breaks down complex social and institutional problems in a digestible introduction to gender inequality. Beyond the intended audience of women faculty, Disrupting the Culture of Silence is a useful resource for anyone looking to start a conversation on gender inequality in higher education"
- Pedagogy and the Human Sciences