Up in the air: an examination of the work–life balance of fly-in–fly-out academics

Juraifa Jais, Kosmas X. Smyrnios, Lynnel A. Hoare

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There is a dearth of research on the work–life balance experiences of academics who undertake short-term international teaching assignments. Academics who teach offshore are also accountable for onshore activities including lecturing, research, supervision of higher degree students, mentoring, publishing and administrative obligations inter alia. These responsibilities pose further challenges to work and life. Within the context of a qualitative design, 11 academics were interviewed in depth regarding their short-term international teaching experiences. Specific issues relating to family separation, excessive work hours, poor assignment planning and lack of organisational recognition were identified. Findings have important implications for academics, and university policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1123-1137
Number of pages15
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 02 Nov 2015


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  • Education

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