"Motherhood After Tenure: PRE-SCHOOL ANGST" by Aeron Haynie

Aeron Haynie became a mother the year after she received tenure at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay (and exactly one day after she turned 40). Formerly chair of English, she is now on sabbatical and relishes each day.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Mama PhD on the road
  • By Aeron Haynie October 20, 2011 9:50 am UTC
  • Last weekend, I had the opportunity to be part of a panel on “performing motherhood” with other mama PhDs at the OCSLG Conference at Loyola University Chicago. Elizabeth Coffman and I discussed our writing for this blog, while Shannon LC Cate and CL Cole discussed Shannon’s writing about their family in her own blog and at BlogHer.com and Babble.com. Although all four of us are mothers with ...
  • Motherhood After Tenure: One Birthday, Two Lives
  • By Aeron Haynie October 6, 2011 1:58 pm UTC
  • Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you'd made different choices: if you had married your college boyfriend, stayed in your hometown, or had children earlier? I recently learned that one of my favorite colleagues -- a woman with such natural authority and humor that students can listen to her for hours spellbound, absorbing every word -- was born on exactly the same day as I ...
  • The end of the chore wars?
  • By Aeron Haynie September 15, 2011 7:55 am UTC
  • Good news for men and women: Time Magazine recently heralded the end of the chore wars! According to author Ruth Davis Konigsberg, women can stop complaining and men can stop feeling guilty because they work equal amounts. That is, if you combine the time spent working inside and outside of the home. While women do a bit more housework and childcare, men are working more hours at their ...
  • Motherhood after tenure: starting school
  • By Aeron Haynie September 1, 2011 12:38 am UTC
  • Today my daughter starts second grade, my step-daughter moves into the dorms at a college four hours away, and I prepare to meet my own students when my class begins next week.These are different kinds of beginnings. This is my first semester as an administrator; I’m teaching just one course and so my schedule will not change significantly when classes resume. My daughter has her first male ...
  • Cancer as empowerment for women?
  • By Aeron Haynie August 18, 2011 12:51 am UTC
  • Last Sunday’s NYT profiled Kris Carr, whose film (“Crazy, Sexy, Cancer”), best-selling book series, and blog celebrate the author’s transformation from a 31-year old woman diagnosed with stage 4 cancer to self-proclaimed “wellness warrior” and celebrity. Carr’s website promises not just survival but “explosive energy, joy & vitality” and asks a pertinent question: “Why, ...
  • Guns in the college classroom
  • By Aeron Haynie August 11, 2011 11:50 am UTC
  • On the same day that we learned recall elections did not give Democrats control over the Wisconsin state Senate, professors were informed that the recently passed concealed weapons law allows individuals to bring a “gun, electric weapon (e.g., taser), billyclub, and a knife other than a switchblade” onto college campuses.No, I am not making this up. On July 8, 2011 Governor Walker signed WI ...
  • The Joys of Administration
  • By Aeron Haynie July 28, 2011 12:31 am UTC
  • This week I started my new position as Director of my university’s teaching center. This is my dream job: I have greater scope to effect change but am still very much connected to the nuts and bolts of teaching. However, as an administrator I work a regular 40-hour week and spend most of my time in my office or in meetings with other staff members and administrators. This is quite different ...
  • Motherhood After Tenure: Marriage Re-examined
  • By Aeron Haynie June 30, 2011 1:10 am UTC
  • The first round of divorces hit our social community this year, prompting questions from our seven-year old daughter: "Will you and Daddy get ever get divorced?" and "Is Sally sad because she misses her mom?" To be honest, I think we adults were more shocked: these were not couples who fought or seemed mismatched in any way; in fact, they seemed to have very amicable partnerships. (I am starting ...
  • Motherhood After Tenure: Having the “summer off”
  • By Aeron Haynie June 16, 2011 1:53 am UTC
  • I know I should write about the recent political events in Wisconsin, but honestly I don’t have the heart. Instead I will describe my summer so far, perhaps as a way of extending recent conversations about workload and also to address common misconceptions that teachers and professors “have the summers off.”For a variety of reasons, I have been out of town more often than not. A combination ...
  • Motherhood After Tenure: The Legacy of the Freedom Riders
  • By Aeron Haynie June 3, 2011 2:15 pm UTC
  • Last week I attended the 50th Reunion of the Freedom Riders, in Jackson, Mississippi, an event which honored the courageous men and women who rode buses and trains into the deep south to test a 1960 United States Supreme Court decision (Boynton v. Virginia) which outlawed racial segregation in interstate travel — and which became a pivotal point in the early civil rights movement.My father, ...

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