Chapter published in:Professional Development in Applied Linguistics: A guide to success for graduate students and early career faculty
Edited by Luke Plonsky
[Not in series 229] 2020
► pp. 49–64
Chapter 5Towards achieving work-life balance in academia
Comments and personal essays from six applied linguists
The competing demands of teaching, research, and service seem to never end. Consequently, as academics, we often find ourselves feeling unable to realize our professional goals while also maintaining a life outside of work. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all way to achieve or approximate work-life balance, this chapter presents essays on this topic by five applied linguists with a range of backgrounds. Each is personal and introspective, providing concrete guidance on what they have found to be true and helpful in an effort to achieve satisfaction in their professional as well as personal lives. The chapter also includes an introduction that brings together five of the main themes found throughout of the chapter.
- Theme 1: The blessing and curse of having a flexible schedule
- Theme 2: Efficiency strategies
- Theme 3: Boundary-setting
- Theme 4: Kids
- Theme 5: Sacrifices, and trade-offs, and priorities
- Managing work-life balance: The rule that saved both my sanity and my social life
- What I’ve learned about being an academic
- Achieving a life-work balance: What teacher training (and my children) taught me
- Living on the periphery: Cause of despair or source of hope?
- About me
- How to cope with disadvantages
- Work-life balance: My work-in-progress
Published online: 30 July 2020
King, T. C.