Managing Work and Family/Life in the Academic Context
Dr. Kelly Ward is Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition at Washington State University where she also serves as a professor of higher education. As Vice Provost she supports initiates to create a quality and diverse faculty. She is has been actively involved in the study of higher education as well as program administration and development since she earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in 1995. She has held administrative and faculty positions at the University of Montana, Oklahoma State University, and Washington State University.
Dr. Ward’s research examines the intersections of work and family for faculty as well as campus and community engagement, graduate education, and faculty careers. She is part of an ongoing collaborative effort with Dr. Lisa Wolf-Wendel at the University of Kansas looking at how work and family evolve for faculty from early to mid-career. The results of the project have been published in the book Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family (2013) (Rutgers University Press). She is also actively involved in research related to race, gender and academic STEM careers with support of the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Ward has published widely on topics related to faculty careers in the Review of Higher Education, Higher Education, Innovative Higher Education, and The Journal of Higher Education in addition to other journals and books. She has also published four additional books including Putting Students First with Larry Braskamp and Lois Trautveter and Faculty Service Roles and the Scholarship of Engagement. A common theme in Dr. Ward’s work is a commitment to equity and diversity as well as the connection between theory and practice.
Lisa Wolf-Wendel, PhD is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She is also the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Education. Dr. Wolf-Wendel joined the faculty of the University of Kansas (KU) in 1995.
Dr. Wolf-Wendel earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications from Stanford University in 1987. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education from The Claremont Graduate University in 1995.
Dr. Wolf-Wendel is the author of numerous books and refereed journal articles on topics related to equity issues in higher education. Her research focuses on faculty issues including studies of the academic labor market, the needs of international faculty and faculty from historically underrepresented groups, and several recent research projects pertaining to the policy response of academic institutions in the wake of demands for dual career couple accommodations and work/family balance.
She is an editor of the ASHE Higher Education Monograph Series, and serves on the Editorial Board of many publications in higher education including Research in Higher Education, The Journal of College Student Development, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
8:30am-9:15am | Public Research Talk- Academic Life and Parenthood
Based on data from 120 faculty members over a 20 year longitudinal study of work-life integration for faculty, Drs. Ward and Wolf-Wendel will highlight their research findings about “makers” and “breakers” of managing work and family in academic settings. The findings of their research highlight the joys of academic life, career trajectories, and critical tensions at different career stages. Further, the session will highlight policy and implications for improving work-life integration in academic settings
9:30am -11:00am | Public Workshop - Academic Life and Career Development Workshop
Careers take inevitable twists and turns throughout life. In this workshop, Drs. Ward and Wolf-Wendel will build on their research findings to engage participants in guided interactive discussion about managing work-life integration at different career stages and in different types of positions.
11:15am -12:00pm | Strategies/Q&A with WiSTEM Pro^2 and CCSW members ONLY
Drs. Ward and Wolf-Wendel have provided leadership for different initiatives related to women in leadership, recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, work-life integration, and faculty career development. In this session participants will engage in brainstorming and problem solving related to the advancement of women in higher education.