Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Inside Higher Ed
July 28th, 2015

At first, social media was a way for Joshua Eyler, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University, to process what was happening to his family. His wife, Kariann Fuqua, a non-tenure-track instructor of writing and communication at Rice, had been diagnosed with a form of chronic pain that erased her ability to so much as hold a pencil for any length of time, let alone maintain a sense of normalcy. So Eyler shared their story in a blog that caught lots of attention from fellow academics and ended up in the Houston Chronicle.
But last week, Eyler’s social media activity took a pointed turn when the couple’s insurance provider denied Fuqua an experimental but promising treatment. Since that time, the Twitter hashtag #forKariann has gathered lots of support and highlighted gaps in insurance coverage that affect faculty families even at elite institutions, as well the struggles of faculty members living with chronic pain.

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