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Vol. 4, No. 1 = No. 8 (2001 Winter)

Balancing Parenthood and Academia: The Challenges and Contradictions of Academic Careers

  • Elizabeth M. O'Laughlin
  • Lisa G. Bischoff
June 19, 2017


Balancing career and parenthood is a challenging task for women and men from all career paths.
However, there are aspects of academic positions that make balancing career and parenthood uniquely
challenging. The balance may be especially difficult when individuals are making the transition into
academia and parenthood during the same time period. In addition, there are stresses related to time
pressures, multiple roles and incompatible expectations which can create work/family conflict for both
tenured and non-tenured faculty striving to cope with competing family demands.