Male Professors Face Their Own Challenges in Balancing Work and Home

Male Professors Face Their Own Challenges in Balancing Work and Home 1

Glenn Oakley for the Chronicle

Kasper Van Wijk, an assistant professor of geosciences, picks up his daughter at a day-care center at Boise State U., which has been cited by the authors of an forthcoming book, Helping Faculty Find Work-Life Balance, as having family-friendly policies.

A fair amount has been written about efforts by women on college faculties to balance the demands of academe and home, but little scholarly attention has been paid to how male faculty members deal with such concerns.

Maike Ingrid Philipsen, a professor of education at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of the 2008 book Challenges of the Faculty Career for Women (Jossey-Bass), recently teamed up with Timothy P. Bostic, a research scientist at Old Dominion