ERIC Number: ED348698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
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The Budget Crisis and Women's Experience: Part-Time Faculty at California State University, Chico.
The budget crisis in higher education offers one arena in which to investigate the impact of the current recession. The effects of a university funding crisis are usually presented in quantitative terms, such as how many positions will be cut or how much departmental budgets and salaries might be affected. However, such crises should also be discussed in qualitative terms. For example, studies of the effects of a budget crisis in higher education should look at the personal experiences of those who perhaps feel the crisis most directly, the part-time faculty of an institution. Specifically, interviews were carried out with two female part-time faculty members faced with the effects of the economic crisis at California State University, Chico. The methodology of the study was based on a phenomenological approach. The findings corroborate other research on women's experience which suggests that women tend to identify self with other and to fuse the often separated categories of personal and professional life. The threat of lay-off caused the women in this study to violate this identification, however, and instead to exist on the boundary of that fusion. Their world was characterized as a tense, negative experience that threw into doubt fundamental beliefs about self and work. Findings suggest that a solely quantitative investigation would not reveal the depth of detail and description which qualitative interview techniques and phenomenological interpretation can provide. (An appendix includes numerous excerpts from the interviews.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California State University Chico; Interpretive Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (63rd, Boise, ID, February 21-25, 1992).