Lessons from lobsters Chapter uri icon

Book Title

  • Being 'in and out': Providing voice to early career women in academia


  • The complexities inherent in navigating the vicissitudes of professional life whilst nurturing a large family are considered in this chapter. Drawing on lessons learned from three decades of experience in the education sector whilst presiding maternally over a growing family of children and grandchildren, considered observations are presented which attempt to deconstruct the mystique of concurrently managing two interdependent pedagogical roles. The evolution from school-teacher to full-time academic is explored with a particular focus on doctoral candidature and entry into the academic workforce. The metaphor of flight is used to symbolically represent different phases and particular moments of the (generally gratifying) journey towards successful attainment of a tenured place in the academy.

publication date

  • 2014