ERIC Number: EJ797393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 12
Work and Family Balance: How Community College Faculty Cope
Sallee, Margaret W.
New Directions for Community Colleges, n142 p81-91 Sum 2008
Although work-family balance policies are slowly becoming the norm at four-year institutions, they are not equally common at community colleges. In part, this discrepancy is due to the cost of providing assistance to faculty. Unlike community colleges, research institutions tend to have sufficient resources to offer accommodations for faculty, such as a paid release from teaching duties. However, community colleges can implement a range of work-family balance initiatives that cost the institution little and provide assistance to faculty. Although research institutions are at the forefront of the work-family balance movement in academe, community colleges need not simply adopt identical policies and practices. As the author discusses, community college faculty members spend considerably more time on teaching responsibilities and are more likely to be employed part time than their four-year-institution counterparts. Given these significant differences, community colleges should develop policies that address the unique needs of their faculty. This chapter presents the results of an exploratory study of the availability of policies and faculty satisfaction at one community college. Findings suggest that balancing work and family remains a grave concern for faculty. The author offers five suggestions for institutions interesting in promoting a family-friendly campus climate: (1) Establish a central site for information; (2) Establish programs that are not resource intensive; (3) Include part-time faculty members; (4) Implement programs that address faculty members' greatest responsibility; and (5) Develop programs with the needs of faculty in mind.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Family Work Relationship, Faculty Workload, Part Time Faculty, Part Time Employment, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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