Work Life Balance in the Context of Power

by | Jan 18, 2017

You’ve heard it before: say no. Say no over and over again, especially when you’re asked to do work that distracts you from your main goal—the book proposal, the grant application, the dissertation chapter, the job application. And say no especially when you are the teaching assistant, graduate student instructor, the visiting assistant professor, the adjunct!

But all of that is easier said than done, especially when we’re asked to do things that in any other situation, we’d want to say yes to doing. When is saying yes a good idea for our work, and when is it a distraction? How do we carve out space for our lives when for many of us, our work is our life? How do we think about work life balance when power imbalances and the expectations of the academy have warped our ability to see that as a value for us at all?

In this webinar, Dr. Kate Drabinski takes us through this difficult topic, and offers some concrete advice for navigating academic power hierarchies while also protecting our wellness, bodies, and selves.

Author: Kate Drabinski

Kate Drabinski is the education director at Ideas on Fire, an avid bicyclist, and a senior lecturer in gender and women's studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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