Navigationalist with Dr. Anna CohenMiller and Dr. Kim Case

Episode 6
42m | Dec 31, 2020

Join me and co-host Dr. Carolina Bailey with Dr. Anna CohenMiller of Nazarbeyev University and and Dr. Kim Case of Virginia Commonwealth University.    Today, we will discuss what motherhood actually looks like in higher ed, how to handle a person who has a bad case of mansplaining, and how to handle disruptive, challenging students in the classroom.Podcast questions include:

  1. Hello, my name is Dr. Rodriguez.  I am a proud mother of a beautiful baby boy.  This joy was not without issues at work.  For one, my male supervisor seemed not to know anything about my rights or FMLA.  And it was my responsibility to find a substitute.  Also, they left me out of projects, saying they were trying to be considerate because I might be tired due to the pregnancy, without even asking me! Why do people fall into this "benevolence bias" assuming that we are "protecting" pregnant female employees because they cannot perform their work?
  2.  I thought this thing of male explaining was a myth until I was at a meeting.  He re-explained every detail I have just explained – like I did not have an engineering degree.  When I have an idea, they never take me seriously unless a male coworker expresses it as his idea! How do I disrupt this?
  3. I just completed this course.  It was awesome or at least, I thought it was awesome.  I had two white students who were very rebellious and confrontational at first, but I continued with my lesson plan.  I gave them an assessment to get a vibe, and they talked great about me, but on, they described me as caring, easy, soft, pushover while they are addressing my male colleagues in more "professional" terms.  How do I address bias with students

Guest Navigationalists:Anna S. CohenMiller, PhD, is an educational leader and qualitative methodologist focused on social justice and equity in multicultural educational contexts. She specializes in arts-based methods to facilitate voice of participants and marginalized communities.

Broadly, Dr. CohenMiller focuses on solving issues of gender in education and the workplace and on innovating teaching to facilitate learning in preK – higher education contexts. Currently, she is working on a textbook about qualitative research, Questions in Qualitative Research in Multicultural Contexts (Routledge, 2021, CohenMiller & Boivin). Currently, Dr. CohenMiller is an Assitant Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University and Co-Founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars (Kazakhstan).

Dr. CohenMiller is committed to developing international networks to build collaboration to bring awareness and solve complex social problems. As such, she has developed interdisciplinary, international initiatives such as The Motherscholar Project (Founding Director), The Consortium of Gender Scholars (Co-Founding Director) and Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy(Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief).Dr. Kim Case  previously served as Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Chair of the Faculty Mentoring Program, Director of the Teaching-Learning Enhancement Center, and Director of the Applied Social Issues Master’s program at her previous university. Her mixed-methods research examines ally behavior when encountering bias and interventions to increase understanding of intersectionality and systemic privilege, reduce prejudice, and create inclusive spaces within educational and community settings. Her pedagogical scholarship, including three books, addresses diversity-course effectiveness, inclusive classroom practices, and teachi

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