1st Edition

Work-Life Balance in Higher Education

Edited By Bruce D. McDonald III, William Hatcher Copyright 2023
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the issue and struggle of work-life balance in higher education. It provides a rare opportunity to shape the conversation surrounding work-life balance in academia and provide a venue for dialogue around balance that had previously been forced into secret.

    The challenges that surround work-life balance are something that we must all confront, but they are also something that is rarely discussed within academia. Faculty and graduate students face increasing demands to publish, while also being expected to effectively teach and engage in service to both the university and the community. The demands of an academic career have been cited as a reason for faculty and students to leave the academy, but they have also been tied with rising rates of depression throughout the community. Concerns about balance have led to challenges in recruiting diverse students and faculty for academic careers.

    Each chapter explores how faculty and graduate students have sought and found balance. The research included in this book is by leading scholars who discuss the challenge for academia to pay attention to the cultures and policies that may improve, or hinder, work-life balance.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Journal of Public Affairs Education.

    Finding balance: An introduction to Work- Life Balance in Higher Education

    Bruce D. McDonald III and William Hatcher

    Part I: Framing work- life balance

    1. Academics of PA or: How we learned to stop working and find some balance

    Josephine Gatti Schafer, William Hatcher and Bruce D. McDonald III

    2. Life and work: Always choosing

    Rosemary O’Leary and Rita M. Hilton

    Part II: Addressing work- life balance

    3. Examining junior faculty work- life balance in public affairs programs in the United States

    Lauren Azevedo, Wanzhu Shi, Pamela S. Medina and Matt T. Bagwell

    4. Investigating faculty motivation and its connection to faculty work- life balance: Engaging public service motivation to explore faculty motivation

    Michelle C. Pautz and Morgan D. Vogel

    5. Work- life balance and well- being of graduate students

    Juita- Elena (Wie) Yusuf, Marina Saitgalina and David W. Chapman

    6. Hyper- separation as a tool for work/ life balance: Commuting in academia

    Margaret W. Sallee and Danielle V. Lewis

    7. Reflections on tenure, the two- body problem, and retention in the 21st century academy

    Samantha June Larson, Annie Miller and Ida Drury

    8. Implementing specifications grading in MPA courses: A potential strategy for better work- life balance

    Peter A. Jones


    Bruce D. McDonald III is Associate Professor of Public Budgeting and Finance at NC State University. He is the editor-in-chief of Public Administration, the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education and is general editor for the Routledge Public Affairs Education Book Series.

    William Hatcher is Professor of Public Administration and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Augusta University. He also serves as the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education and is general editor for the Routledge Public Affairs Education Book Series.