Work/Life Issues in Academe: Constructing Lives of Purpose and Balance

Date: September 15 -16, 2008
Location: East Lansing Marriott at University Park

September 15, 2008

Work/Life Issues in Academe: Current Research and Initiatives

As a group, the panelists bring an array of perspectives from higher education administrative work, the research arena, and the foundation world to a discussion of work/life issues in academe today. Each will offer remarks in response to this question: What are the key research findings, organizational initiatives and strategies, or informed observations that leaders, faculty members, and aspiring faculty should know about work/life issues in higher education today? Their comments will address challenges and opportunities for both individuals and institutions.

  • Dr. Kathleen Christensen, Director of Workplace, Work Force and Working Families Program at Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Dr. Carol L. Colbeck, Dean of the Graduate College of Education & Professor of Higher Education at University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Marc Goulden, Director of Data Initiatives, Academic Affairs at UC Berkley
  • Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek, Professor Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management School of Labor & Industrial Relations at Michigan State University

Breakout Sessions

Each of the keynote panelists will present a breakout session.

  • Accellerating Change in Academia: The Role of Foundations and Researchers in Promoting Career Flexibility
  • CEO of Me: What Academics Need to Know
  • Weaving Seamless Lives: Integrating Teaching, Research, and Personal Roles

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Peacefully, Predictably, and Purposefully Crafting a Productive 360 Degree Life

Dr. Meggin McIntosh, Emphasis on Excellence, Inc.

Dr. McIntosh will lead a practical workshop designed to help participants enhance their own approaches to constructing lives of purpose and balance.  The workshop will focus on strategies for prioritizing, setting boundaries, being intentional, and strategically crafting your life and work.