July 22nd, 2015 was an epic day. It was the day that I presented my dissertation research to my committee, family and friends. I talked about well-being and student affairs professionals, and the limited amount of research there is on the holistic well-being of these professionals. My dissertation was based on the data of 2,414 student affairs professionals and their reported levels of well-being and their satisfaction with different work-life variables. In the next several months, I am going to be releasing what I found through presentations, publications and blog posts.
I think some of the results are going to change the conversations we are having about work-life balance in our profession. It is also going to change the conversation we have about autonomy and gratitude. Well-being is a concept important to all of us – whether we are in student affairs or not. But it is especially important to student affairs professionals because they are the care-givers and the ‘boots on the ground’ for students who are struggling and need support.
I look forward to sharing the results. I think it is my responsibility to share these results. I hope you will be interested and that you will share with your colleagues.
Oh, it was also an epic day because I became Dr. Chessman.