For Love, a Scholar of Work-Life Issues Gives Up Tenure

For Love, a Scholar of Work-Life Issues Gives Up Tenure 1

Nabil K. Mark for The Chronicle

Robert Drago and his girlfriend, Laurie Bonjo, pack items in his State College, Pa., apartment this month. He took a nonacademic job in Washington to live closer to her as she works on a doctorate.

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Nabil K. Mark for The Chronicle

Robert Drago and his girlfriend, Laurie Bonjo, pack items in his State College, Pa., apartment this month. He took a nonacademic job in Washington to live closer to her as she works on a doctorate.

One of the most prominent scholars of policies promoting work-life balance in academe has just given up tenure for love. Robert W. Drago, who until this month was a full professor of labor studies and women's studies at Pennsylvania State University, has spent nearly 30 years in academic posts. But after he met Laurie A. Bonjo, a yoga instructor who is moving to Virginia to earn a Ph.D. in counseling at Old Dominion University, he decided it was time to put his personal life ahead of