Interview with Lorraine Garkovich, March 1, 1992

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In this second interview with Sociology Professor Lorraine Garkovich, she talks about the conditions of the University of Kentucky in general. She feels that the greatest achievement of UK is the Women's Studies report on the status of women at the university. She feels that the largest impact will be upon female staff, who were being largely overlooked in salary, benefits, and status. The most significant problem that she finds on campus is the physical distance between parts of the campus.

Garkovich explains that a more effective use of faculty committees would better facilitate her work. She describes how women and minorities are often overwhelmed with invitations to be part of faculty committees. Garkovich further discusses the influence of gender on academic career possibilities. Although she is not married, she states that she has seen the struggles of female professors who have families or who want to have families. Unfortunately, the "tenure clock" does not stop for professors who have children. She describes discrimination against women and African American instructors and homosexuals generally in the classroom, and discusses the unwillingness to commit resources to older faculty members. Garkovich discusses the "behind the scenes" racial tensions on campus and laments the fact that there are not sufficient numbers of African American students at UK.

Garkovich also talks about funding at UK and for higher education in Kentucky in general. She describes her own work which is sixty percent research, twenty percent extension, and twenty percent teaching. She discusses the sense of camaraderie and support from her colleagues, and talks about the frustrations of not having enough time to teach.

Interview Accession

1992oh080_af464

Interviewee Name

Lorraine Garkovich

Interviewer Name

Karen Baum

Interview Date

1992-03-01

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Garkovich, Lorraine Interview by Karen Baum. 01 Mar. 1992. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Garkovich, L. (1992, March 01). Interview by K. Baum. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Garkovich, Lorraine, interview by Karen Baum. March 01, 1992, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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