"No academic institution... is particularly great for family."
January 28, 2015 5:41 PM Subscribe
An associate professor of biology with two children speaks more negatively about the effects of balancing work and family on his career: “It's a disaster.” 
The majority of tenured full professors at some of the most prestigious universities in the country, who have the most power to hire and fire and set the workplace expectation of long hours, are men who have either a full-time spouse at home who handles all caregiving and home duties, or a spouse with a part-time or secondary career who takes primary responsibility for the home. A study released last November focused on male academic scientists finds [WaPo] that they still feel that sharing parenting — and in some cases, even other domestic responsibilities — is in conflict with their career, sometimes unresolvably. The study (PMC full text) suggests that male scientists are likely to have relationships where their own career is prioritized over their partner's, and even to forgo parenting altogether. It also finds that around one-third of male academic scientists are in more egalitarian relationships, but that these scientists tend to experience "increased work-family conflict."
It's not all bad news, as the authors note that newer models of masculinity allow for more egalitarian models of fatherhood, but the authors also point out that "the predominance of traditional men among the full professors in our study suggests that the ideal worker norm may continue to have lasting power and to provide extensive benefit to those who follow it."
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