Women in Behavior Science
Observations on Life Inside and Outside the Academy
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Women in Behavior Science is a unique text that showcases the perspectives, stories, and lessons of notable female behavior scientists at all stages of their careers, with relevance for the field’s many women pursuing careers in academia today.
With the insights of esteemed female behavior scientists from diverse backgrounds, the book brings together their challenges and successes to include their own distinct perspectives on their professional and personal development. The book is divided into three sections to reflect the different phases of the academic lifespan – graduate school, job search and retirement. Each section covers a wide range of topics such as expanding one’s work in new and diverse areas; deciding when and how to make transitions; making something out of nothing or very little; navigating relationships with family, children, and life partners both inside and outside of academy; values-based living; how to thrive in competitive environments; and building values-consistent repertoires in settings that may be gender-marginalizing. Presenting a behind-the-scenes view of academia, the authors also provide open and vulnerable narratives about their psychological and socio-cultural experiences, their stories of marginalization, their difficulties with mental and physical health challenges, grief and loss, and caring for others with chronic health conditions.
Reframing the cultural-level recognition of female behavior scientists today, this book is essential reading for graduate and postgraduate students of Behavioral Science courses focusing on diversity and cultural issues and those who aim to learn about practical skills on the ground. It is also a must read for professionals interested in understanding the experiences of diverse groups in this field.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Beginning
1. Planting Seeds: Learning, Growing, and Thriving in Graduate School
Ally Salzer, Jovonnie Esquierdo Leal & Kathryn Roose
2. The Job Search
Corina Jimenez-Gomez & Sarah Richling
3. The First Years of the Job: What My CV Doesn’t Tell You
4. Building Values-Consistent Repertoires of Gender Marginalized Academics
Emily K. Sandoz, Janani Vaidya, Brooke M. Smith, Jade Campbell & Karen Kate Kellum
5. Mentoring Relationships: Finding a Mentor, Being Mentored, and Mentoring Others.
Erin Rasmussen, Sierra Baca-Zeff, and Morgan Musquez
6: Mentoring, Mothering, Sistering, and Friending: Building a Caring Mentoring Community
Stephanie Peterson, Cynthia Anderson & Jennifer Wolgemuth
Part 2: Striving and Surviving
7. Scholarship Expectations and Practices across the Academic Landscape
Kelly Banna, Amy L. Odum & Erin B. Rasmussen
9. Understanding the Importance of Intersectionality in Advancing Community-Engaged Scholarship and Increasing Diversity
Jomella Watson-Thompson & Eric C. Thompson
10. Family Career Balance: Professional and Personal Repertoires Shaped with Love, Enthusiasm, and Strong Models
Martha Hubner and Luiza Hubner
11: Spiritual Activsim
12. The Experiences of a Female Scientist in the Global Network.
Louise McHugh & Lynn Farrell
Ariana D’Arms, Amoy Kito Hugh-Pennie, & Denise Ross
14. Chapter Title: Sickness, Health, and Love: Managing Life and Work Demands
Chapter 15. Leisure
Wendy Donlin Washington & Casey Irwin Helvey
Part 3: Thriving
16. Making Something Out Of Nothing or Very Little: A Tale of How to Plant Seeds of Behavior Analysis, How to Cultivate Them, and Enjoy Watching Them Grow and Multiply.
Zuilma Gabriela Sigurðardóttir
Traci M. Cihon
18. Staying Motivated: An Intermezzo
Ruth Anne Rehfeldt
19. A Cross-Continental Journey through Academia; Life Partners, Tensions, and the People Who Influenced My Path
20. A Northeast Journey Toward Values-Based Living
21. Promoting Prosociality and Compassion in Competitive Environments
22. Reflections on Loss and Grief
Traci M. Cihon
23. Capitalizing on Applied Behavior Analysis Within Our Retirement Years
Ruth Anne Rehfeldt is the Dean at Waubonsee Community College. She has contributed both basic and applied research that is impressive for its bench-to-bedside translation in the area of derived stimulus relations. Her work has contributed to the understanding of complex forms of human behavior, focusing on verbal behavior, rule governance, observational learning, stimulus equivalence, and perspective-taking.
Traci M. Cihon is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas. She has previously contributed to several books and journals on topics of her primary research interests which include cultural behavioral systems science, social responsibility and cooperation, behavioral approaches to education (e.g., language acquisition, reading instruction, Precision Teaching), and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Erin B. Rasmussen is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at Idaho State University. Her research interests are broadly in the area of behavioral economics and behavioral pharmacology. Her specific work, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on behavioral economic factors that influence food-based choice related to obesity in both humans and rats.