ERIC Number: EJ1084238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Up in the Air: An Examination of the Work-Life Balance of Fly-in-Fly-out Academics
Jais, Juraifa; Smyrnios, Kosmas X.; Hoare, Lynnel A.
Higher Education Research and Development, v34 n6 p1123-1137 2015
There is a dearth of research on the work-life balance experiences of academics who undertake short-term international teaching assignments. Academics who teach offshore are also accountable for onshore activities including lecturing, research, supervision of higher degree students, mentoring, publishing and administrative obligations "inter alia". These responsibilities pose further challenges to work and life. Within the context of a qualitative design, 11 academics were interviewed in depth regarding their short-term international teaching experiences. Specific issues relating to family separation, excessive work hours, poor assignment planning and lack of organisational recognition were identified. Findings have important implications for academics, and university policy and practice.
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, Qualitative Research, College Faculty, Educational Policy, Mentors, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience, Working Hours, Foreign Countries, Supervision, Faculty Publishing, Professional Recognition, Teacher Characteristics, Rewards, Learning Experience
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia