Abstract / Synopsis
This is my story of the constant struggle between wanting both mathematics and motherhood, and realizing I could have it all but not all at once.The story involves earning degrees, securing a tenure-track position only to resign two years later, and then, through a gauntlet of adjunct and fixed-term positions, applying for and accepting another tenure-track position at the same institution, finally arriving back at the same point on the path I had been on sixteen years earlier. I walked this long, winding, and ultimately no-so-circular path while becoming and being a mother of four. It is my hope that this story inspires other mathematicians and mothers to carve their own path, and to know it does not have to look like the path most others have walked; it just has to be a path that works for them.
Melissa B. Hanzsek-Brill, "Arrival At the Same Point: My Long, Winding, and Not-So-Circular Path to Professor," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 8 Issue 2 (July 2018), pages 246-253. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201802.27. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol8/iss2/27