Oct. 21/22: 3rd Annual Work-Life Integration Conference

The 3rd Annual ISU Work-Life Integration conference will be held Mon. Oct. 21 from 8 am – 6 pm and Tues. Oct. 22 from 8 am – 3 pm in the Cunningham Library Events area. Dr. Linda Duxbury, Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, will be our keynote speaker on Mon. Oct. 21 at 4 pm. {biography below}

Work-Life Balance
Work-Life Balance


Sessions are open to students, staff, faculty and community members. For further information contact Dr. Debra Israel (debra.israel@indstate.edu) or Dr. Barbara Eversole barbara.eversole@indstate.edu). The conference is made possible through funding from ISU’s Strategic Plan Goal 6, Initiative #1:  “Enhance the quality of life for faculty and staff.”

Co-sponsors of the conference include the Center for Health, Wellness, and Life Enrichment, the Cunningham Memorial Library, the Department of Economics, the Department of Human Resource Development and Performance Technologies, the Women’s Studies Program, and Interdisciplinary Programs.


3rd Annual ISU Work-Life Integration Conference Program

 Mon. October 21

8 – 8:50 am Panel Discussion on ISU resources for Work-Life Integration

  • Lindsey Eberman, ISU Associate Professor, Chair of Quality of Life Team
  • Wil Downs, ISU Human Resources Director
  • Marsha Miller, ISU Librarian, AAUW information
  • Patrick Titzer, ISU Graduate Student, information about new clinic at Landsbaum Center

9 – 9:50 am The Daily Commute: Wellness, Work-Life Balance, and Alternative Transportation

Organized by Debra Israel, Associate Prof. of Economics and Women’s Studies


  • Eric Anderson, ISU, Psychology Dept.
  • Carl Klarner, ISU, Associate Prof. of Political Science
  • Namita Goswami, ISU, Associate Prof. of Philosophy
  • Tina Kruger, ISU, Assistant Prof. of Applied Health Sciences
  • Sam Martland, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Associate Prof. of History
  • Caroline Savage, ISU Institute for Community Sustainability

10-10:50 am Economics of Work-Life Balance

  • Barbara Eversole, ISU Assistant Prof. of Human Resource Development
  • Debra Israel, ISU Associate Prof. of Economics and Women’s Studies

11-11:50 am Iconoclast: Reimagining the Iconography of Motherhood

  • Keri Yousif, Associate Professor of French

12-12:50 pm  Book discussion of “Over Ten Million Served: Gendered Service in Language and Literature Workplaces” edited by Michelle A. Masse and Katie J. Hogan (box lunch provided — to reserve lunch contact bmcneill@indstate.edu)

  • Facilitated by Darlene Hantzis, ISU Professor of Communication and Women’s Studies

1 -1:50 pm Mindfulness Meditation: Bringing Balance to Eating, Health and Life

  • Jean L. Kristeller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Psychology, Senior Research Scientist

2 pm – 3:15 pm Panel Discussion on Academic Mothers

  • Barbara Eversole, ISU Assistant Prof. of Human Resource Development
  • Darlene Hantzis, ISU Professor of Communications and Women’s Studies

3:30 pm Reception

  • Introduction of speaker by ISU Provost Biff Williams

4–5:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Duxbury, Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University,Something’s Got to Give

Tues. October 22

8 – 9:15 am Lifework Balance and Employment Retention

  • Leamor Kahanov, ISU Professor, Athletic Training
  • Lindsey Eberman, ISU Assistant Professor, Athletic Training

9:30 – 10:45 am Perceptions of Life-Work Balance and Parenting Concerns

  • Lindsey Eberman, ISU Assistant Professor, Athletic Training
  • Leamor Kahanov, ISU Professor, Athletic Training

11-11:50 am In the Family Way and Out of Work: Pregnancy and Unemployment Insurance 1940-1979

  • Ruth Fairbanks, ISU instructor, Women’s Studies and History

12 – 12:50 Book Reviews and Roundtable Discussion: Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg; Let IT go, by Dame Stephanie Shirley; My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor; Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, by Debora Spar (box lunch provided—to reserve lunch contact bmcneill@indstate.edu)

Facilitated by:

  • Luanne Tilstra, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Professor of Chemistry, Director, Center on Diversity
  • Darlene Hantzis, ISU Professor of Communications and Women’s Studies

1 – 1:50 pm Funding vs. Floundering: Even small grant funds can reap big benefits

A grant writing workshop with Liz Metzger, ISU Office of Sponsored Programs (bring your laptop to tailor the workshop to your needs) – Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Zietlow Endowment Committee

2 – 3 pm Panel Discussion/Roundtable Work-Life Integration Challenges on the Tenure Track

  •  Panelists include Pre and Post-Tenure Faculty Participants

Keynote Speaker Bio: Dr. LINDA DUXBURY

Linda Duxbury is a Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University.  She received an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.  Within the past decade she has completed major studies on  Balancing Work and Family in the public, private Sectors and not for profit sectors;   HR and Work-family Issues in the Small Business Sector; Management Support (What is it and Why does it Matter?);  Career Development in the Public Sector and in the High Tech Sector; generational differences in work values. Dr. Duxbury has  also (and is currently) conducted research which evaluates the organizational and individual impacts of E-mail, portable offices, cellular telephones, blackberry’s,  telework, flexible work arrangements, shiftwork  and change management and studying what makes a “supportive” manager.  She has completed three national studies (1991, 2001, 2012) on work-life balance in which over 70,000 Canadian employees participated.

Dr. Duxbury has published widely in both the academic and practitioner literatures in the area of work-family conflict, change management, supportive work environments, stress, telework, the use and impact of office technology, managing the new workforce  and supportive management.  She has also given over 350 plenary talks on these issues to public, private and not for profit sector audiences.

Dr. Duxbury is also an accomplished trainer and speaker in the area of supportive work environments, work-life balance, managing the new workforce, recruitment and retention, change management, gender and communication and the communication process.

Librarians Appointed to Inaugural Advisory Board

Edith Campbell (Reference/Instruction, Public Services) and Susan Frey (Acting Associate Dean) have been invited to serve on the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Board (FCTE). The new FCTE Board is tasked with shaping the future of exemplary teaching and learning on the campus. During this semester the Board will meet every two weeks to lay important groundwork for the Center. Next semester the Board will meet monthly with subcommittees supporting specific goals and initiatives.

Note: The FCTE is housed in the Library, 1st floor, northeast corner, currently headed by Dr. Beth Whitaker (Bayh College of Education)

Acting Associate Dean Presenting at Sycamore Educators Day

Acting Associate Dean, Susan Frey, will be co-presenting with Dr. Scott Davis from the Bayh College of Education (BCOE) at the upcoming 16th Annual Sycamore Educators Day. Their juried presentation, “Just because they can doesn’t mean they should: Emerging research on multi-tasking and learning,” will be a part of the Saturday, November 2 program held in University Hall.

REGISTER:  There is no fee to attend this statewide conference, but the organizers need registration info for headcount to cover the free lunch that will be provided.

Continental breakfast will be served from 8:00am to 8:45am. A short welcome session will follow. Then keynote speaker, Melanie Beaver, will present. The break-out sessions are scheduled for 10:15am and 12:30pm.

Historical note: Scott Davis was an ISU librarian for many years before he moved over to the Bayh, as head of the Library Instruction & Orientation Department, and later the Reference Department.