Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

Sociology, MA

Committee Chair

Taniguchi, Hiromi

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Negrey, Cynthia

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.