In 1911, a Department of Home Science at the University of New Zealand (1870-1961) opened. It was the first such department in either New Zealand or Australia for the training of women. Offering courses in science, food, and nutrition and practical courses in home and institutional management, the department aimed to provide women with the necessary skills and knowledge for their intended roles as wives, mothers, and homemakers. Deemed a “woman’s domain,” Home Science was not immediately viewed as a credible department. Whereas university administrators may well have considered the department on the academic margins, its physical location on the geographical margins of the university campus offered an opportunity for women to establish their own scholarly traditions and professionalize their work as home scientists. As I will show in this chapter, this feminized environment stimulated the creation of an academic community of women home scientists who modeled a new way of thinking about home and scholarly life that accentuated women’s intellectual work and accomplishments. Outside the gaze of male administrators and in the protected space of Home Science, academic women and their female students could undertake work that was intellectually respectable, secure advanced qualifications, gain professional experience, and develop overseas connections-all critical elements of an academic career and the development of expertise in the field.
|Title of host publication||Women in Higher Education, 1850-1970|
|Subtitle of host publication||International Perspectives|
|Place of Publication||USA|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Sept 2015|