Date(s) - Thursday September 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, Room Cox C

“Smile Work” and the Double Bind

Gender expectations socialize men and women differently, and this spills over into college classrooms. Women faculty are often expected to fill in as proxy mothers and do the “smile work” of the academy – creating a nurturing and safe environment, supporting emotional needs of students, and building community. Research on the chilly climate in some disciplines, the lack of women role models in traditionally male programs, and student socialization regarding discussion participation combine to create different classroom experiences for students and faculty alike. In this keynote presentation, Pam Eddy and Kelly Ward will discuss the influence of gendered faculty roles on the classroom experience, review tactics for student engagement, and create scenarios to provide discussion of oftentimes sensitive topics regarding gender and classroom engagement.

Koehler Event Sessions

This is one of three events available for the Koehler Event: Women in the Academy. On September 25, 2014, The Koehler Center will host a keynote luncheon (11:30AM-1:00PM) followed by two simultaneous breakout sessions (1:30PM-2:30PM). Faculty may attend both the keynote luncheon AND a breakout session of their choice. Alternately, faculty are welcome to attend only the keynote luncheon or only a breakout session. Whatever combination you choose, we ask that you register for each of the three possible events separately.

11:30am-1:00pm Keynote and Luncheon

“Smile Work” and the Double Bind

1:30-2:30pm Breakout Session options

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Building a Research Line of Inquiry from Your Class
Academic Motherhood: Managing Complex Roles


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About the Speakers

Pam Eddy

Pam Eddy

Pamela Eddy is a professor in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership at the College of William and Mary.  Her research interests include community college leadership and development, gender roles in higher education, and faculty development. Eddy is the author and co-author of several books, including

  • Community College Leadership:  A Multidimensional Model for Leading Change
  • Partnerships and Collaborations in Higher Education
  • Creating the future of faculty development: Learning from the past, understanding the present
  • Creating Strategic Partnerships: A Guide for Educational Institutions and their Partners

She was a Fulbright Scholar in Dublin, Ireland and continues her research on partnerships there. She and her husband have three quasi adult children.


Kelly Ward

Kelly Ward

Kelly Ward is Chair and Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology at Washington State University. Her research addresses issues associated with academic careers including how faculty manage work and family and faculty involvement in community engagement.  Her most recent book (co-authored with Lisa Wolf-Wendel), Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family, draws upon longitudinal data from a broad base of female faculty to critically examine constructs related to academic work and motherhood.  She is also author of Faculty Service Roles and the Scholarship of Engagement and co-author of Developing New Faculty as Teachers and Scholars. She has held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Montana and Oklahoma State University.