Work/Life Fit: The Intersection of Developmental Life Cycle and Academic Life Cycle

Leslie E. Tower, Anna Faul, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Wanda Lott Collins, Priscilla Gibson

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A successful academic trajectory tends to be characterized by a singular Standard, that is, doctoral degree, tenure-track position, tenure, and promotion to full professor, administration, or both. Significant numbers of social work faculty struggle with the intersection of the traditional career life cycle and the developmental life cycle. This article discusses barriers that emerge from the intersection of these life cycles. Strategies to support career success and family satisfaction are also discussed, including, current law, work/life policies, self-care, and mentoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-532
Number of pages14
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

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  • female faculty/students
  • macro
  • research categories
  • social work practice
  • women in higher education
  • women in social work education and administration


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