On the Making of Female Macro Social Work Academics

Monica Leisey, Portia L. Cole, Karen Hopkins, Jenny L. Jones, Youngmi Kim, Elizabeth A. Mulroy, F. Ellen Netting, Mary Katherine O’Connor, Karen Smith Rotabi, M. Lori Thomas, Marie O. Weil, Traci L. Wike

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This manuscript explores the experiences of a group of female macro social work academics using the collective biography process (Davies and Gannon, 2006) . The narrative includes remembrances that the authors believe shaped who we are as macro social work academics and the work that we do. The shared stories are presented in a chronological manner and include analysis of the themes we identified as being important to the development of each academic within the group. Themes emerged pointing to a common understanding of the experiences and perhaps a view of the world. This suggested something unique in the development and socialization of women who become macro social work academics.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalReflections: Narratives of Professional Helping
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • academic
  • collective biography
  • macro social work
  • professional development
  • selving
  • social work


  • Social Work
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Psychology

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