Perceptions of academic administrators of the effect of involvement in doctoral programs on faculty members' research and work-life balance

Nurs Outlook. Nov-Dec 2017;65(6):753-760. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.04.012. Epub 2017 May 10.


Background: Support for research strongly predicts doctoral program faculty members' research productivity. Although academic administrators affect such support, their views of faculty members' use of support are unknown.

Purpose: We examined academic administrators' perceptions of institutional support and their perceptions of the effects of teaching doctoral students on faculty members' scholarship productivity and work-life balance.

Methods: An online survey was completed by a random sample of 180 deans/directors of schools of nursing and doctoral programs directors. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics, chi-square analysis, and analysis of variance.

Discussion: Deans and doctoral program directors viewed the level of productivity of program faculty as high to moderately high and unchanged since faculty started teaching doctoral students. Deans perceived better administrative research supports, productivity, and work-life balance of doctoral program faculty than did program directors.

Conclusion: Findings indicate the need for greater administrative support for scholarship and mentoring given the changes in the composition of doctoral program faculty.

Keywords: Administrative support; DNP; Doctoral programs; PhD; Research and scholarship; Work-life balance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate*
  • Efficiency
  • Faculty, Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Research*
  • Work-Life Balance*