Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Connie Lightfoot

Second Advisor

Tim Herrmann

Third Advisor

Scott Moeschberger


Working parents with young children experience unique challenges when working at an institution of higher education. Each parent-professional’s experience is different, but researchers have revealed certain commonalities which will be examined in this study. The nine participants, all of whom work at a Christian liberal arts institution in the Midwest, in this study represent parents of pre-kindergarten age children. These individuals work in various ways on campus: administration, teaching faculty, student development faculty, and salaried staff. Ultimately, in this phenomenological study I seek to help university administrators, as well as parent-professionals, understand the tension between the demands of professional and domestic responsibilities.