Work-Life Balance of Women Leaders in Association of Theological Schools
Date Recorded: April 05, 2016
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Date Recorded: April 05, 2016
Although women often make up more than 50% of the student population at a theological institution, they are significantly underrepresented in leadership as evidenced by Lowe’s 2011 study that found that women account for fewer than 10% of CEOs in theological education. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine work-life balance as it relates to organizational commitment for women leaders in Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accredited schools. A questionnaire was sent to women in the specific job positions of President, Academic Dean, Dean, Dean and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty as defined by the Association of Theological Schools. Ten women participated in the interviews and provided socio-demographic data.
The findings indicate that these women who participated in this study connect and intermingle their faith with their lives at all levels. Their calling and work are viewed as a part of God’s purpose in their lives, and they derive significant meaning from that work. They value professional and personal relationships that help them achieve work-life balance in all areas of their lives. The key findings provided a composite of these women leaders working in Association of Theological Schools. In addition, the research study demonstrated that both work-life balance and organizational commitment are beneficial for ATS institutions and for women leaders working in the environment.