Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

Sociology, MA

Committee Chair

Taniguchi, Hiromi

Committee Member

Negrey, Cynthia

Committee Member

Christopher, Karen

Committee Member

Herd, Ann

Author's Keywords

work-family; balance; higher education; gender


Striking a balance between paid work and family work is hard for many individuals. Previous research has focused on the availability and effectiveness of family friendly policies and demonstrated a need for continued research. I examine work-family balance among women working in higher education. My study asks what are the determinants for work-family balance? I draw on institutional data from the fall 2017 Campus Climate and Diversity Survey which in part focuses on work-family balance. My regression analysis shows that faculty have a lower perception of work-family balance than non-faculty. For both non-faculty and faculty, support from supervisor/chairperson and to a lesser extent from co-workers, has a positive effect on work-family balance. For both groups, having dependents has a negative effect on work-family balance, but this effect is much stronger for faculty. I discuss the lower perception of work-family balance among faculty in the tension between schedule control and unbounded work hours.