Newswise — How do we balance our careers with other aspects of our lives? Is there an ideal balance, or is the equation mostly subjective? Boise State University Foundational Studies professors Vicki Stieha and Rebecca Robideaux can answer these questions and examine the evolution of the “work-life balance” dynamic, which entered our national dialog in the mid-1980s as people began to consider the implications for work encroaching on the time that previously had been dedicated to family and leisure.
Stieha and Robideaux say the idea of “balance” seems to have been abandoned in favor of exploring the variables that go into creating a personal work-life equation. This is a particularly compelling question to explore with students as they prepare for a career (or to re-career) in an increasingly global economy.
Stieha joined Boise State in August 2011 as director of the Foundational Studies Program. Her background in higher education includes the design and administration of curriculum and programs to enhance students’ academic success. Stieha’s research interests include analyzing the reshaping of the undergraduate curriculum to meet the needs and challenges of today’s students.
Robideaux is a Department of Communication instructor and also director of Communication 101 at Boise State. Her research interests include nonverbal communication and its impact on relationships, both personal and professional.
Learn more about Stieha and Robideaux by listening to a podcast presentation at http://beyondtheblue.boisestate.edu/blog/2012/03/19/stieha/. Boise State’s award-winning website featuring podcast presentations of experts on a wide range of relevant topics is available at http://beyondtheblue.boisestate.edu/.