ERIC Number: EJ1176481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Work-Life Balance of Junior Athletic Training Faculty Members during Role Inductance
Mazerolle, Stephanie M.; Bowman, Thomas G.; Kilbourne, Brianne F.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v13 n1 p21-32 Jan-Mar 2018
Context: Work-life balance has become a growing concern in athletic training, but little is known about the experiences of faculty and finding it. Challenges in finding work-life balance have been reported among faculty in higher education, and those who are new to a role are often susceptible to increased stress and overload. Objective: Examine junior athletic training faculty members' experiences with work-life balance during their role inductance. Design: Qualitative inquiry. Setting: Higher education institutions. Patients or Other Participants: Sixteen junior faculty (7 male, 9 female) representing 7 National Athletic Trainers' Association districts participated. The average age of the junior faculty members was 32 ± 6 3.5 years. Twelve were in tenure track and 4 had non-tenure track positions. Main Outcome Measure(s): All participants completed phone interviews with one researcher following a semistructured interview protocol. Recorded interviews were transcribed and analyzed following a phenomenological approach. We intentionally selected 3 primary measures of trustworthiness to establish the rigor of the study: (1) peer review, (2) multiple-analyst triangulation, and (3) researcher triangulation. Results: Three factors were identified as inhibitors of work-life balance for junior faculty: (1) role inductance, (2) research and teaching, and (3) upcoming deadlines. Two organizational strategies (flexibility and mentorship) and 2 individual strategies (time management and personal outlets) emerged as facilitators for work-life balance. Conclusions: Junior faculty in athletic training can experience conflict in balancing their roles as faculty members as well as their outside and own personal interests. The data support previous literature, and illustrates that organizational factors precipitate imbalance and a combination of organizational and individual strategies promote balance.
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, College Faculty, Athletics, Allied Health Occupations Education, Experience, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Phenomenology, Teacher Orientation, Faculty Workload, Mentors, Time Management, Interests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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