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ERIC Number: ED547449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-4855-2
Using Support Mechanisms to Balance Work and Family Life: How Mid and Senior Level Student Affairs Administrators Overcome Challenges
Cassell, Aba DeLynda
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Female student affairs leaders who also have family responsibilities find that a primary challenge they encounter is society's expectations concerning their roles and responsibilities in both realms. Research discovers that women experience internal and external barriers that hinder their advancement opportunities however; women's success is attributed to multiple support mechanisms specifically family, employers, peers, and mentor/role models. Additionally, research finds that there is no "one size fits all" solution for women to balance, so finding what works is most important. Women in student affairs positions also have a difficult time coordinating both work and family lives due to the demanding nature of their careers. They find that too often the time commitment of their jobs cuts into quality time with their loved ones forcing them to prioritize. Nonetheless, the question remains, how do successful senior level female student affairs administrators establish strategies for success? The purpose of the study has three parts: to identify support systems utilized by senior level women leaders, the challenges they experience, and the strategies they establish to allow them to effectively maintain work and family life balance. The study will be conducted using interviews, office observations, referral interviews, document review, and activity logs. A case study design allows for an in-depth study of events and experiences in the lives of the participants. The study will document three senior level women leaders who work in higher education with diverse populations. The data will be analyzed using Creswell's six steps and a qualitative methodology to better understand the challenges, supports, and strategies that senior level student affairs administrators experience in attempting to balance their work and family lives. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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