Work-family balance in academia

Lauren Hall-Lew, Heidi Harley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

Every day, our work is affected by our home life. A good night’s sleep can foster productivity, while an argument over breakfast can ruin your day. Long-term, our family life can deeply impact the resources we have to carry out tasks at work. In this chapter we draw on our experiences as adoptive parents—a type of parent who is not often explicitly included in discussions of life in academia—to discuss caring for and growing a family while working in the academy. We use our experiences to illustrate the sometimes unexpected ways that family stress and complexity can impact an academic career, and we discuss strategies for achieving balance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Academic's Handbook
EditorsLori A. Flores, Jocelyn H. Olcott
PublisherDuke University Press
Chapter34
Pages265-271
Number of pages7
Edition4
ISBN (Electronic)9781478012641
ISBN (Print)9781478010067, 9781478011118
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • academia
  • work-life balance
  • professional advice
  • higher education

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