How pregnancy can impact professional identities in PSE

October 6, 2016

“When I was pregnant with my first child, I experienced the usual mix of delight and trepidation that comes with impending parenthood,” writes Bishop’s University Associate Professor Jessica Riddell. “However, I was also concerned with how my pregnancy might threaten to disrupt the professional identity I had so assiduously constructed for myself as a young, female professor in the early stages of my career.” Riddell discusses her efforts to “[police] the boundaries between the public and the private spheres of my life” in order to maintain a professional identity, and how this led to a realization that compartmentalizing her personal experience did “my students and myself a disservice.” Riddell then reflects on the benefits of reintegrating these identities into her teaching, research, and role in the academy. University Affairs