Mom the Chemistry Professor

Personal Accounts and Advice from Chemistry Professors who are Mothers

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Amber F. Charlebois, Renée Cole, Cecilia H. Marzabadi, Gail H. Webster, Kimberly A. Woznack
    Pages 1-19
  3. Stacey F. Bent
    Pages 37-55
  4. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich
    Pages 85-94
  5. Renée Cole
    Pages 115-125
  6. Mary Ann Crawford
    Pages 127-136
  7. Elizabeth Dorland
    Pages 137-154
  8. Amina Khalifa El-Ashmawy
    Pages 155-176
  9. Cheryl B. Frech
    Pages 189-198
  10. Jennifer M. Heemstra
    Pages 199-208
  11. Jani C. Ingram
    Pages 209-221
  12. Judith Iriarte-Gross
    Pages 223-236
  13. Margaret I. Kanipes
    Pages 237-246
  14. Nancy E. Levinger
    Pages 279-295
  15. Sherri R. Lovelace-Cameron
    Pages 297-306
  16. Cecilia H. Marzabadi
    Pages 307-316
  17. Sara E. Mason
    Pages 317-328
  18. Saundra Yancy McGuire
    Pages 329-344
  19. Jin Kim Montclare
    Pages 345-353
  20. Janet R. Morrow
    Pages 367-377
  21. Patricia Ann Redden
    Pages 401-416
  22. Rachel E. Rigsby
    Pages 417-424
  23. Renã A. S. Robinson
    Pages 425-442
  24. Omowunmi A. Sadik
    Pages 443-457
  25. Darlene K. Taylor
    Pages 459-467
  26. Danielle Tullman-Ercek
    Pages 469-484
  27. Michelle M. Ward
    Pages 501-511
  28. Gail Hartmann Webster
    Pages 513-524
  29. Catherine O. Welder
    Pages 525-538
  30. Leyte Winfield
    Pages 539-551

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 second edition, which is a project of the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), 40 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 institution types, in both tenure and non-tenure track positions. The authors include women from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, who became mothers at different stages of their career, and who have a variety of family structures.  Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students of chemistry, as well as postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty, 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 system, which could be improved to accommodate women academics, and particularly encourage more women to take on academic positions in the sciences.


Women in Science American Chemical Society Careers in Chemistry Discrimination in Sciences Women Chemists Committee Motherhood and career Professorship as parent Under-representation in Hard Sciences Non-/Tenure Track Work-life Balance Women working in chemistry Parent-academics

Editors and affiliations

  • Kimberly Woznack
    • 1
  • Amber Charlebois
    • 2
  • Renée Cole
    • 3
  • Cecilia Marzabadi
    • 4
  • Gail Webster
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry & PhysicsCalifornia University of PennsylvaniaCaliforniaUSA
  2. 2.Chemistry & Biochemistry DepartmentNazareth CollegeRochesterUSA
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryThe University of IowaIowa CityUSA
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry & BiochemistrySeton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  5. 5.Chemistry DepartmentGuilford CollegeGreensboroUSA

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