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Male Profs are Affected, Too

In a recent Psychology of Men & Masculinity paper, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin show that men on the tenure-track often struggle with many of the same work-life balance issues and institutional biases that their female counterparts face. In interviews, the researchers found that male academics "negotiated their multiple responsibilities by using compartmentalization strategies, significant time management, communicating with spouses and peers at work, and overextending themselves in work and family responsibilities, though with little knowledge or utilization of university policies that could ease their considerable workload and conflicts." The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that "though the study was limited in its scope, it suggests that academic departments may be well advised to evaluate some cultural and policy issues related to the support given to fathers."

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