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Exploring Work Life Balance for the Female Doctoral Student


by Pamela Felder — June 25, 2009

Recently, a federal initiative for work-life balance has been implemented. This policy is the catalyst for a new dialogue about how faculty members current (and emerging) address managing the balance of work and life demands. Developing the skills for being successful at managing both begins at the graduate level. However, little research has been conducted on this issue. Oftentimes dialogue about the demands placed on female faculty members and doctoral students is not addressed or is unrealistic.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 25, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15695, Date Accessed: 11/20/2014 9:16:26 PM

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  • Pamela Felder
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    PAMELA FELDER joined the faculty of the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program as a Lecturer in September 2006. Prior to coming to Teachers College, she was a Lecturer in the Policy, Management and Evaluation Division at the University of Pennsylvania where she developed and taught a course on college student retention and persistence. Dr. Felder’s primary research interest is graduate student development with an emphasis on the doctoral experience. She is interested in the socialization experiences of graduate students and how they impact academic success, the development of disciplinary identities, and the management of life balance.
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