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The Challenge of Balancing Faculty Careers and Family Work. New Directions for Higher Education, Number 130. J–B HE Single Issue Higher Education

  • ID: 2215978
  • Book
  • September 2005
  • 120 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This volume focuses on how colleges can, and must, help its faculty with the challenge of balancing careers and family.  This is a challnege for colleges and universities if they are to recruit and retain the most able faculty. In particular, as long as women are at a structural disadvantage in pursuing faculty careers to the full extent of their abilities, colleges and universities will not be drawing from the complete pool of potential faculty members.

The Challenge of Balancing Faculty Careers and Family Work is an instructive and informative issue for both college faculty and administrators, filled with important analysis of the current collegiate working climate, recent studies, and innovative ideas, written by experienced and thoughtful contributors.

This is the 130th issue of the Jossey–Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Higher Education.

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Editor′s Notes (John W. Curtis).

1. The Relationship Between Family and Employment Outcomes (Laura Perna).
Recent research has begun to shed some light on the relationship between work and family for faculty. What do we know, and what remains to be explored?

2. Career Paths for Women Faculty: Evidence from NSOPF:99 (Valerie Martin Conley).
Data from the National Study of Postsecondary Faculty are used in this exploration of the education and employment histories of women faculty in early, middle, and late career stages.

3. Work/Family Policies in Higher Education: Survey Data and Case Studies of Policy Implementation (Carol S. Hollenshead, Beth Sullivan, Gilia C. Smith, Louise August,
Susan Hamilton).
The evidence points to key principles in using work/family policies to create a ­family–friendly environment for faculty.

4. Work and Family Perspectives from Research University Faculty (Kelly Ward, Lisa ­E. Wolf–Wendel).
Interviews with ­tenure–track faculty mothers of young children at research universities, along with a review of policy documents, give insights into the process and consequences of implementing work/family policies and their use.

5. Implementing Flexible Tenure Clock Policies (Saranna Thornton).
This chapter reviews policies to extend the tenure period and examines how they are implemented in practice.

6. The Glass Ceiling and the Maternal Wall in Academia (Joan C. Williams).
An extensive literature in social psychology on stereotyping can be applied to the academic context.


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John W. Curtis
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