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Is being a woman in academia a dream, game, or scam? AcaDames is a biweekly podcast that explores this question through interviews with a diverse range of women. Discussions cover career trajectories, finances, childbearing decisions, spirituality, the ever-present patriarchy and everything in between. Co-hosts Whitney Robinson and Sarah Birken open up to each other and their guests in intimate, frank, and often funny conversations. Along the way, they share insider knowledge about the “hidden curriculum” for professional advancement (and potential world domination). Episodes released every other Thursday during the semester.

AcaDame‪s‬ Sarah Birken and Whitney Robinson

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Is being a woman in academia a dream, game, or scam? AcaDames is a biweekly podcast that explores this question through interviews with a diverse range of women. Discussions cover career trajectories, finances, childbearing decisions, spirituality, the ever-present patriarchy and everything in between. Co-hosts Whitney Robinson and Sarah Birken open up to each other and their guests in intimate, frank, and often funny conversations. Along the way, they share insider knowledge about the “hidden curriculum” for professional advancement (and potential world domination). Episodes released every other Thursday during the semester.

    Sarah's on the Shiny Epi People podcast today!

    Sarah's on the Shiny Epi People podcast today!

    In this brief teaser, Whitney highlights Sarah’s guest crossover appearance on the Shiny Epi People podcast, hosted by Lisa Bodnar, released today! Visit the links below to hear this companion episode to AcaDames S504: Lisa: The Shiny Epi People Crossover.

    Click here to subscribe on iTunes!


    Related readings and links:

    @lisabodnar (Twitter)

    Shiny Epi People: https://shinyepipeople.buzzsprout.com/

    @ShinyEpiPeople (Twitter)

    AcaDames S504: Lisa: The Shiny Epi People Crossover: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/episodes/2021/2/25/s504-lisa-the-shiny-epi-people-crossover



    A full transcript of the teaser can be found here.


    Recorded: February 20, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 1 min
    S504: Lisa: The Shiny Epi People Crossover

    S504: Lisa: The Shiny Epi People Crossover

    In this first-ever crossover episode, Whitney interviews Lisa Bodnar, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and host of the Shiny Epi People podcast. They discuss work boundaries, the impact of divorce on academic life, coping with pandemic isolation via podcasting, and pie . Check out the crossover Shiny Epi People episode, featuring our very own Sarah Birken, released on February 27th, 2021!

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    Related readings and links:

    AcaDames Website: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/

    AcaDames Listener Engagement Survey 2021

    Lisa Bodnar Faculty Profile: https://publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/lisa-m-bodnar

    @lisabodnar (Twitter)

    Shiny Epi People: https://shinyepipeople.buzzsprout.com/

    @ShinyEpiPeople (Twitter)

    Biomedical grant jargon:
    R01
    K Award: Type of career development award that NIH grants; the most popular are early-career awards to help people launch their independent research careers
    T32: big NIH grant that an institution can be awarded to be able to provide predoctoral and/or postdoctoral fellowships to multiple students over a set number of years along with training and research activities

    Carolina Population Center ("Pop Center"): https://www.cpc.unc.edu/

    Shiny Epi People Interview with Bill Miller: https://shinyepipeople.buzzsprout.com/1269377/7589128-bill-miller-phd-md-on-being-an-introverted-imposter-with-add-and-a-college-athlete

    Shiny Epi People Interview with Kerry Keyes: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1269377/4908920-kerry-keyes-phd-on-single-motherhood-and-groundhogs

    Shiny Epi People Interview with Hailey Banack: https://shinyepipeople.buzzsprout.com/1269377/5173894-hailey-banack-phd-on-prioritizing-family-and-parenting-in-a-pandemic


    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.


    Recorded: February 9, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 59 min
    S503: Journal Club: It's Doctor to You

    S503: Journal Club: It's Doctor to You

    In this episode, Whitney and Sarah discuss professional and personal titles in response to the controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed published about Dr. Jill Biden in December 2020. They share how cultural and geographic influences have shaped their own title preferences, analyze the often gendered nature of professional titles, and reflect on the use of gender-neutral honorifics.

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    Related readings and links:

    AcaDames Website: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/

    AcaDames Listener Engagement Survey 2021

    Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-there-a-doctor-in-the-white-house-not-if-you-need-an-m-d-11607727380

    Meghan Daum’s Twitter Post: https://twitter.com/meghan_daum/status/1256267018992521217

    Julie Silver BMJ Article: https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4754?utm_source=etoc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tbmj&utm_content=weekly&utm_term=20201225

    Theydies and Gentlethems (meme): https://images.app.goo.gl/RdxbybDjAHNiznnAA

    A Gender-Neutral Honorific (Mx): https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/mx-gender-neutral-title


    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.

    Recorded: January 28, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 46 min
    S502: Guest Lecture: The Academic Job Market in the COVID Era

    S502: Guest Lecture: The Academic Job Market in the COVID Era

    In this episode, Leslie Gonzales, Associate Professor at Michigan State University, joins us for a Guest Lecture on the state of the academic job market. She discusses how different institutions have been differentially impacted by the pandemic and describes the implications for various sectors of the academic workforce.

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    Related readings and links:

    Leslie Gonzales’s Faculty Profile: https://education.msu.edu/search/Formview.aspx?email=gonza645%40msu.edu

    Leslie Gonzales’s Twitter: @ldgonzales1

    Unequal Higher Education: Wealth, Status, and Student Opportunity (Book by Barrett Taylor and Brendan Cantwell): https://www.amazon.com/Unequal-Higher-Education-Opportunity-American/dp/0813593492

    Stories by Emma Pettit (Senior Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education): https://www.chronicle.com/author/emma-pettit

    The High Public Cost of Low Wages (Center for Labor Studies at UC Berkeley):
    https://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/pdf/2015/the-high-public-cost-of-low-wages.pdf

    Metcalfe, A. S. & Slaughter, S. (2011). Gender and academic capitalism. In B. J. Bank, (Ed.), Gender and higher education, pp. 13-19. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: https://www.cbpp.org/

    AcaDames’ Guest Lecture with Adrianna Kezar (mentioned this episode):
    https://www.acadamespodcast.com/episodes/2020/2/12/s304-is-the-growth-of-contingent-faculty-a-scam

    Inside the New York Times’ Heated Reckoning with Itself (Article): https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/11/inside-the-new-york-times-heated-reckoning-with-itself.html

    Inside the New York Times’ Heated Reckoning with Itself (Apple News): https://apple.news/nowPlaying/ApZX2lMYpT7q51sKl0wVYIg


    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.

    Recorded: January 18, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 48 min
    S501: Season 5 Launch

    S501: Season 5 Launch

    In the AcaDames Season 5 Launch, Sarah and Whitney reflect on the end of 2020, discuss #SciComm and #AcademicTwitter, and share their words of the year, 2021 edition. Join us as we get ready for an exciting Season 5 up ahead!

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    Related readings and links:

    Hunger (Book by Roxane Gay): https://roxanegay.com/books/hunger/

    Bad Feminist (Book by Roxane Gay): https://roxanegay.com/books/bad-feminist/

    Alias Grace (Book by Margaret Atwood): https://www.amazon.com/Alias-Grace-Novel-Margaret-Atwood/dp/0385490445

    Shiny Epi People Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shiny-epi-people/id1526951176

    Dr. Leslie McLure Bio: https://drexel.edu/dornsife/academics/faculty/Leslie%20McClure/

    Dr. Leslie McClure Twitter (@StatGirlLAM): https://twitter.com/statgirllam?lang=en

    S410: Bonus: Sarah Job Transition: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/episodes/2020/12/17/s410-bonus-sarah-job-transition

    S408: Emily: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/episodes/2020/11/26/s408-emily

    Brené Brown interview with Emily and Amelia Nagoski: https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-emily-and-amelia-nagoski-on-burnout-and-how-to-complete-the-stress-cycle/

    Feminist Survival Project 2020 Podcast: https://www.feministsurvivalproject.com/

    Description of the Disney Movie, Soul (available on Disney+): https://movies.disney.com/soul


    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.

    Recorded: December 29, 2020

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 44 min
    S410: Bonus: Sarah Job Transition

    S410: Bonus: Sarah Job Transition

    In this bonus episode, Sarah discusses her transition to Wake Forest School of Medicine during the pandemic. From navigating grant-related issues to connecting with new colleagues, Sarah reflects on the frustrations and joys of a new start.

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    Related readings and links

    AcaDames S101: Sarah: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/episodes/2019/1/29/s101-sarah

    AcaDames S315: Bonus: Pre-Covid Job Search & Pandemic Partings: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/episodes/2020/7/9/s315-bonus-pre-covid-job-search-amp-pandemic-partings

    AcaDames S401: Season 4 Launch: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/episodes/2020/8/20/s401-season-4-launch

    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.

    Recorded: August 22, 2020

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Design

    • 43 min

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Thank you so much for this podcast. I am wrapping up my PhD, managing post doc offers, and AcaDames is helping me with this transition. I appreciate all of the conversations about intersectionality and varied experiences.

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Great insights about being a woman in academia, they serve as both therapy and mentors. Love you! <3

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Each episode is fabulous, even when you aren’t sure about the topic of the episode! It’s been great getting to “know” Sarah and Whitney through these episodes as well. Academia is a lonely place sometimes, so I am always excited when an episode from these two drops!

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