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Faculty Career Well-Being Study


This study is funded by NSF (#1922380) and approved by Purdue IRB (#1907022391).


Increased tethering to work via technology (e.g., smartphones, computers) is a critical issue for U.S. employees. This trend has fueled 24-7 "always-on" work cultures, contributing to blurring work-life boundaries, defined as the separation between work and personal life domains. Work-life boundaries are increasingly permeable, causing work-nonwork stress and lower well-being. Yet, the issue of work-life boundaries is not well understood as a career equality and inclusion issue.

Our research team is conducting a nationwide survey on faculty work-life and inclusion experiences at Carnegie-designated, tier-1, public universities. The study is designed to advance scientific understanding of the characteristics of work-life inclusive climates and the role that work-life boundary management practices play in the career experiences of faculty members. The project defines a work-life inclusive climate as the degree that people perceive that they entirely belong and thrive while incorporating work and nonwork roles in ways that do not sacrifice their nonwork identities while performing their jobs. The project will help to identify workplace policies and cultures promoting effective boundary management in not only universities and STEM/non-STEM disciplines, but workplaces across U. S. society.

 Project objectives include:

  1. Identifying the characteristics of work-life inclusive climates and the role that work-life boundary management practices play in the career experiences of women and men.

  2. Contrasting university, STEM/non-STEM disciplinary and departmental influences on men and women's inclusion, boundary management experiences, and career well-being.

To qualify to participate in this survey, you must be a faculty member in the tenure stream at a public Carnegie Designated Research One university (see our “University Sample” page to determine which universities are included in the sample), and you must work in one of the following fields:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • English/Literature
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modern/World Languages
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

university sample

our team

Ellen Kossek

Ellen Ernst Kossek, PhD
Principal Investigator
Basil S. Turner Professor of Management
Purdue University
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Tammy D. Allen

Tammy D. Allen, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator
Distinguished University Professor
Area Director of Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program
University of South Florida
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Todd Bodner

Todd E. Bodner, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Psychology
Portland State University
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Benjamin Pratt

Benjamin Pratt, MS, MSW
Assistant Professor
University of Central Oklahoma

Anthony Misisco

Anthony Misisco
Psychology Doctoral Student
University of South Florida
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Matthew Piszczek

Matt Piszczek
Assistant Professor
Wayne State University
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