Voice and Community in the Corporate Academy A Collective Biography

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

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This article is the story of the simultaneous feminization and corporatization of universities, themes that emerged in a test of a collective biography, a qualitative research method. Organizers brought together 12 macro social work academic women across generations and, through sampling, attempted to avoid the intergenerational splitting that seems to be leaving junior faculty to be socialized by administrators while simultaneously isolating senior faculty from their generative role. Our analysis identified several trends developed from our collective experiences including changes in faculty governance, formalized mentoring, intergenerational faculty relationships, and shifting expectations. With these changes, we sense a reduction in what we used to think of as a collegium, now in danger of becoming an historical artifact.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • female faculty/students
  • macro
  • participatory methods
  • qualitative
  • women in higher education


  • Social Work
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Curriculum and Instruction

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