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Panel: Strategies for Success and Sanity for Academic Parents

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Strategies for Success and Sanity for Academic Parents

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Women in Engineering

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Kaitlin Mallouk Rowan University Orcid 16x16

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Kaitlin Mallouk has been an Instructor in the Mechanical Engineering and Experiential Engineering Education Departments at Rowan University since 2013. Kaitlin has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.

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Intended audience: Engineering educators who are parents or are considering becoming parents.

Summary of Ideas to be Explored and Discussed: Raising children is one of the most challenging and opportunity-filled experiences most people will take on in their lives. Raising children as a member of the academy brings an additional layer of complexity. This panel will present challenges and opportunities encountered by the panelists while raising children and trying to succeed in academia. The panelists will also provide concrete, achievable strategies that have worked for them to overcome those hurdles and how they have leveraged the opportunities available to them. The session will allow time for Q&A during which audience members can share their own challenges and success strategies with the broader group. Some possible topics include: - Emotional demands of parenting - Timing the birth or adoption of children - Traveling for work with children - Succeeding on the tenure track with children - Balancing the demands of children and a challenging job

Expected outcomes for the session: We expect that people who attend this panel session will leave with concrete strategies that they can use to make their lives as engineering educators and parents easier. We also expect that attendees will leave with a sense of camaraderie that is often lacking while parenting today. Finally, we believe that this panel could serve as a starting point for new engineering educators to create a supportive network of individuals facing similar life circumstances that they may turn to in the future for advice and support as necessary.

Mallouk, K. (2018, June), Panel: Strategies for Success and Sanity for Academic Parents Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30857

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