By Deshonna Collier-Goubil, Karen Hice Guzmán, Jean Neely, Joy Qualls and Nancy Wang Yuen

Power Women: Stories of Motherhood, Faith, and the Academy

“At the end of my day, I think about, ‘What are some wins that I had today? That helps me to retrain my mind to think about all the ways I am winning rather than the few ways I messed up.” — Dr. Deshonna Collier-Goubil

How do Christian women navigate the call to both the academy and motherhood? Listen in on this panel discussion with the authors of Power Women.

This podcast features a panel discussion that was recorded back in July with four Christian women professors who have contributed to the book Power Women: Stories of Motherhood, Faith, and the Academy.  

In this discussion, host Karen Hice Guzmàn directs the conversation into all the topics you would hope for in an event like this: misconceptions about motherhood in the academy and the church, navigating gender roles in parenting, the work of resisting imposter syndrome — so many of the struggles that, for women, seem to accompany a dual call into the university and parenthood. But the thing that I liked especially was the sense of community they brought to the conversation. These women have not only collaborated on a project together of writing and editing this book — they have also supported one another along the way, and this has reinforced their hope that the book itself will birth new communities of academic women who can talk honestly with one another and forge new networks of support. 

We love this idea! And we think you would enjoy reading this book and discussing it with others. In fact, we would love to invite you into a book club featuring Power Women that we are hosting at The Well later this fall on November 1, 8, and 15 — you can find details here. We hope you can join us!

Ann Boyd

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this panel as much as we did.

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About the Author

Deshonna Collier-Goubil (PhD, Howard University) is the founding chair of the department of criminal justice and now serves as interim dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences at Azusa Pacific University. She lives in Fontana, California. Follow Deshonna on Twitter @deshonnacollier.

Karen is the National Director of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and three boys. Except for some years taken off to raise her sons, she has spent her adult life in and around InterVarsity — originally as a student and campus staff member in Michigan and currently in Atlanta. An entrepreneur at heart, she and some student leaders started the grad fellowship at Michigan State and the MBA fellowship at Georgia Tech. She loves to use her gifts of hospitality and teaching to create a welcoming place for people to connect with God and with each other. Although she rarely has time for it, you can find Karen at her sewing machine when ministry progress gets hard to measure and she needs to see tangible results from her efforts. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, and British television.

Jean Neely, PhD, teaches in the writing program at Azusa Pacific University. She and her family love hanging out at their friendly neighborhood coffeehouse to read, write, and wonder.

Joy Qualls is an associate professor of communication studies and associate dean of the Division of Communication at Biola University. She is married to Kevin, a licensed professional counselor, and they are parents to two children.

Nancy Wang Yuen (PhD, University of California) is a sociologist and pop culture expert. She is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism and serves as an associate professor of sociology at Biola University. She has appeared on PBS, NPR, NBC Nightly News, BBC World TV, Dr. Phil, New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. She is a guest writer at Newsweek, Elle, HuffPost, and Self. Follow Nancy on Twitter @nancywyuen and visit her website at

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