Series for Graduate Student Mothers
Part 2: Fixing the Leaky Pipeline: Creating Inclusive Spaces for Mothers, August 3 from 3:00 pm CDT – 4:30 pm CDT
Co-Sponsored by: The International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship IAMAS and SWS
Part 2: Fixing the Leaky Pipeline: Creating Inclusive Spaces for Mothers
Panelists include: Dr. Mairi McDermott, Dr. Catherine Riley, and Dr. Jessica Leveto
Panel bios follow:
Dr. Catherine L. Riley is a Part-Time Assistant Professor of Communication at Wake Forest University. Her research focuses on rhetoric. With a bioethics grant, she is currently co-authoring a book that explores the discrepancies among the protections Title IX mandates, what colleges’ say about pregnancy and parenting, and what pregnant and parenting students are actually experiencing. Outside of academia, Catherine owns and directs the Great American Writers’ Camp, a creative writing summer camp for youth and takes nearly full-time care of her three small children. She also enjoys planting flowers and playing the accordion.
As a mother-scholar, Mairi McDermott, PhD is an associate professor and chair of Curriculum and Learning at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her research and teaching interests are with what kinds of teaching and learning can move us beyond existing hetero-patriarchal colonialism shaping habits of knowing, being, and relating in schools and society. Her current research is situated within the lived tensions of pursuing tenure as a mother of school aged children to make visible the ways in which mothers are a forgotten demographic within the university worldmaking machine. Some of her publications include a chapter in an edited volume on Women Negotiating Life in the Academy (2020, Sense) and a special issue in the Journal of Motherhood Initiative on Academic Mothers and COVID-19 (2020/2021).
Dr. Jessica Leveto is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Kent State University at Ashtabula. She is an Admin and founder of the virtual community, Ph.D. Mamas. Ph.D. Mamas was founded as a support system for academic mothers in 2015 and has blossomed into a sanctuary and support network of nearly 2000 mothers in various stages of academia and motherhood. Dr. Leveto’s current research examines the impact of COVID19 on mothers in higher education. She builds upon her previous work examining identity, emotion and mental illness, combined with her experiences as a mother in higher education. Dr. Leveto has three children, Liam (21), Ryleigh (6), and Lillian (5).