Interested in including your experiences?
Please click Sign-up below to schedule your interview.
The GenderEd Project:
A Study of Gender, Gendered Harassment, and
Gender Violence in the Academy.
We ask that you take a moment to consider participating in an important research study on gender, gendered harassment,
and gender violence in the academy.
Karen Kelsky writes:
Sexual harassment is rampant in the academy as it is in every other industry. The entrenched hierarchies of the academic world, the small size of most scholarly fields, the male dominance of virtually every field other than women’s studies, the culture of collegiality (read, evasiveness and pretense) that predominates, and junior scholars’ desperate dependency on good references for career advancement, make for conditions in which sexual abuse (and indeed abuse of all kinds) can flourish with impunity.
We hope to learn more about your experiences in graduate school and early in your career, and the experiences of others around you. We want to understand the ways in which these experiences have influenced you as a scholar, professor, mentor and professional. If you identify as a woman and work as a faculty member at a College or University in the United States, we are reaching out to you.
We will do everything possible to give you the space to share, to be heard, and to help us understand the current status of gender in the academy. In this research, we ask: “How does the survival of sexual harassment and assault by women faculty influence women’s disempowerment in higher education – and the replication of that disempowerment?” Through interviews, we will build an archive of women’s past experiences and present lived realities. Women faculty members not only publish and teach, but counsel, advise and influence young women and men in the period immediately before they begin their professional lives. Given the prevalence of the experience of sexual harassment and assault in the lives and histories of the faculty members guiding these relationships - and the ways in which the existing literature suggests these experiences are influential in shaping victims’ subsequent personal and professional lives - it stands to reason that predatory behavior in the academy is affecting both the institution and the students it graduates.
We hope this research will illuminate these dynamics,
and we hope you can help.