1st Edition

Surviving Sexism in Academia Strategies for Feminist Leadership

Edited By Kirsti Cole, Holly Hassel Copyright 2017
    340 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection contends that if women are to enter into leadership positions at equal levels with their male colleagues, then sexism in all its forms must be acknowledged, attended to, and actively addressed. This interdisciplinary collection—Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership—is part storytelling, part autoethnography, part action plan. The chapters document and analyze everyday sexism in the academy and offer up strategies for survival, ultimately 'lifting the veil" from the good old boys/business-as-usual culture that continues to pervade academia in both visible and less-visible forms, forms that can stifle even the most ambitious women in their careers.

    Preface: ""I’m Afraid This Will Hurt Me": Addressing Sexism in Higher Education"

    Section 1: Mapping the Challenges


    1. "Surviving Secism in Academia: Identifying, Understanding, and Responding to Sexism in Academia" Heather Maldonado and John Draeger

    2. "Remodeling Shared Governance: Feminist Decision-Making and Resistance to Academic Neoliberalism" Kirsti Cole, Holly Hassel, and Eileen E. Schell

    3. "Exploring the Decision to Pursue a Career in Higher Education Administration: An Analysis of Gendered Constraints and Opportunities" Shelly Schaefer Hinck, Salma Ghanem, Ashley Hinck, and Sara Kitsch

    4. "Do We Really Want the Flies That We Might Catch? Interrogating "Post-Feminist" Lessons for "Success" Heather Hill-Vasquez and Laurie Ann Britt-Smith

    5. "Understanding Leadership with Women Community College Executives" Hawa Ghaus-Kelley and Nathan R. Durdella

    6. "The Problem with the Phrase "Women and Minorities": Racism and Sexism Intersectionality for Black Women Faculty" E-K. Daufin

    Disciplinary Contexts

    7. "STEM Education in Japan: Examining the Pipeline for Female Leadership" Diane Rodriguez-Kiino, Yuko Itatsu, and Yuko Takahashi

    8. "For the Love of the Feminist Killjoy: Solving Philosophy’s Woman White Male Problem" Melissa M. Kozma and Jeanine Weekes Schroer

    9. "Writing Gown: The Challenges of Making a New Artwork about Sexism in Academia" Susan Diab

    10. "Suck It Up, Buttercup! Or, Why Cu*ts Leave STEM" Kathryn Northcut

    11. "Beyond the Old Boys Club? Gender Relations at UW-Madison Geography from the 1970s to the Present" Heather Rosenfeld

    12. "From Feminized to Feminist Labor: Strategies for Creating Feminist Working Conditions in Composition" Jennifer Heinert and Cassandra Phillips

    13. "Surviving Sexism to Inspire Change: Stories and Reflections from Mothers on the Tenure Track" Krystia Nora, Rochelle Gregory, Ann-Marie Lopez, and Nicole A. Williams

    Embodied Gender

    14. "On the Edge of Knowing: Microaggression and Epistemic Uncertainty as a Woman of Color" Saba Fatima

    15. ""I Have Always Felt Like a Trespasser": Life Histories from Latina Staff Members in Higher Education" Mary Louise Gomez

    16. "Mother-Scholars: Thinking and Being in Higher Education" Yvette Lapayese

    17. "Catcalled in the Cafeteria: Managing and Teaching through Sexism from Students" Carol L. Glasser

    18. "Dress for Success: Dismantling Politics of Dress in Academia" Katie Manthey

    Section 2: Feminist Strategies for Action

    Changing Material Conditions

    19. "The Aftermath of Activism: Combatting and Surviving Sexism at One Southern University" Laura Jennings and Lizabeth Zack

    20. "Professors and (M)Others: Smashing the "Maternal Wall"" Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Molly Niesen, Safiya Umoja Noble, and Christine Quail

    21. "Motherhood and Leadership in Academia: Getting Beyond Personal Survival Mode" Diane M. Hodge

    22. "Organic Mentorship: A Feminist Model to Support Scholars and Leaders," Jen Almjeld, Meg McGuire, and Kristine L. Blair

    23. "Career Navigation of Female Leaders in Higher Education: The Importance of the Mentor-Protégé Relationship" Missy Skurzewski-Servant and Marilyn J. Bugenhagen

    24. "Mentoring Women in Technical Communication: Building Safe Spaces through an Affective Mentoring Model" Kristen Moore, Lisa Meloncon, and Patricia Sullivan

    Changing Ideologies

    25. ""You Are Too Blunt, Too Ambitious, Too Confident": Cultural Messages that Undermine Women’s Paths to Advancement and Leadership in Academia and Beyond" Anna Grigoryan

    26. "Writing to Resist: Storying the Self and Audit Culture in Higher Education" Jessica Moriarty

    27. "Rhetorics of Interruption: Navigating Sexism in the Academy" Elise Verzosa Hurley, Amanda Wray, and Erica Cirillo-McCarthy

    28. "Overcoming the Department Bully: Women, Men, and Collaboration" Karla S. McCain

    29. "Reembodying the Positionality of MiddleMAN Administrators in Higher Education" Bre Garrett, Aurora Matzke, and Sherry Rankins-Robertson

    30. "We Are All Needed: Feminist Rhetorical Strategies for Building Trust Among Colleagues" Sara Hillin

    31. "The Bullying We Don’t Talk About: Women Bullying Women in the Academy" Fran Sepler

    32. "Infographic"

    List of Contributors


    Kirsti Cole is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literature at Minnesota State University. She is the faculty chair of the Teaching Writing Graduate Certificate and Masters of Communication and Composition programs. She has published articles in Feminist Media Studies, College English, Harlot, and thirdspace, and her collection Feminist Challenges or Feminist Rhetorics? was published in 2014. Her work ranges the intersections of writing studies, social media, and gendered rhetorics.

    Holly Hassel is a Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County. She has co-authored the introductory women's and gender studies textbook Threshold Concepts in Women's and Gender Studies with Christie Launius. She is currently editor of the journal Teaching English in the Two-Year College.