ERIC Number: EJ726512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond the Fear Factor: Work/Family Policies in Academia--Resources or Rewards?
Spalter-Roth, Roberta; Erskine, William
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v37 n6 p18 Nov-Dec 2005
Several decades ago, as the composition of the workforce changed and married women increased their labor-force participation rates, federal policies were designed to help employees balance work and family responsibilities. And as the gender composition of faculty in colleges and universities increasingly changed as well, a broad-based movement promoted--and colleges and universities began to introduce--other "work/family" policies. Data indicate that making use of at least one work/family policy does help academic mothers increase their productivity (without increasing their hours of work). But it also appears that this help is not treated as a needs-based entitlement. Instead it seems to be a reward for those mothers who attended high-prestige graduate schools and had records of graduate school publications. Policy-users are, in short, academics who are perceived as the "best and the brightest." In this article, the authors dig into the implementation and use of work/family policies in US colleges and universities.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teacher Employment Benefits, Teacher Attitudes, Family Work Relationship, Meta Analysis, Employed Parents, Faculty Workload, Tenure, Family Programs, Advocacy, Gender Issues, Faculty Publishing, College Faculty
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family and Medical Leave Act 1993