Mom the Chemistry Professor

Personal Accounts and Advice from Chemistry Professors who are Mothers

  • Renée Cole
  • Cecilia Marzabadi
  • Gail Webster
  • Kimberly Woznack

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Personal Accounts and Advice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Renée Cole
      Pages 43-52
    3. Elizabeth Dorland
      Pages 53-62
    4. Cheryl B. Frech
      Pages 63-72
    5. Judith Iriarte-Gross
      Pages 73-82
    6. Nancy E. Levinger
      Pages 83-93
    7. Cecilia H. Marzabadi
      Pages 95-101
    8. Janet R. Morrow
      Pages 103-111
    9. Danielle Tullman-Ercek
      Pages 113-127
    10. Michelle M. Ward
      Pages 129-138
    11. Gail Hartmann Webster
      Pages 139-148
    12. Catherine O. Welder
      Pages 149-163
  3. Safety in the Lab

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199

About this book


When is the "right" time? How can I meet the demands of a professorship whilst caring for a young family? Choosing to become a mother has a profound effect on the career path of women holding academic positions, especially in the physical sciences. Yet many women successfully manage to do both. In this book 15 inspirational personal accounts describe the challenges and rewards of combining motherhood with an academic career in chemistry. The authors are all women at different stages of their career and from a range of colleges, in tenure and non-tenure track positions. Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students of chemistry, these contributions serve as examples for women considering a career in academia but worry about how this can be balanced with other important aspects of life. The authors describe how they overcame particular challenges, but also highlight aspects of the systems which could be improved to accommodate women academics and particularly encourage more women to take on academic positions in the sciences.


American Chemical Society Careers in Chemistry Discrimination in Sciences Motherhood Non-Tenure Track Professorship Tenure-Track Underrepresentation in Hard Sciences Women Chemists Committee Women in Science Work-Life Balance

Editors and affiliations

  • Renée Cole
    • 1
  • Cecilia Marzabadi
    • 2
  • Gail Webster
    • 3
  • Kimberly Woznack
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe University of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry & BiochemistrySeton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryGuilford CollegeGreensboroUSA
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry & PhysicsCalifornia University of PennsylvaniaCaliforniaUSA

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