Interdisciplinary Forum: Work-Life


Fri., Feb. 24, 3-5pm
Kellogg Center, Riverside Room (MAP)

This Interdisciplinary Research Forum on Work-Life is designed to facilitate a network of scholars at Michigan State University whose expertise relates to issues of work life, contemporary strategies toward making work and personal lives more compatible, flexibility practices and the changing nature and demographics of the workplace. Scholars interested in the social and economic impacts of the changing work world in higher education, and particular issues and differential impacts of workplace practices and policies across demographic populations and employee groups are also welcome.

Silk Luz Baldwin Gonzales Parra-Cardona

Five experts in related areas will briefly describe their work in order to illustrate a sample of the ongoing research happening on campus. Speakers include: 

  • Kami Silk 
    Professor and Associate Dean, College of Communication Arts and Sciences; 
    Director, Master's Program in Health and Risk Communication (health and organizational communication)
  • Clare Luz
    Assistant Professor, College of Human Medicine (geriatrics and gerontology)(gerontology)
  • Roger Baldwin
    Dr. Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (later stages of academic life and evolving faculty roles and professional activities)
  • Leslie Gonzales
    Assistant Professor, College of Education (agency among academics to remake marginalizing structural and cultural features of academia) 
  • Jose Ruben Parra Cardona
    Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies (cultural adaptation 
    of evidence-based parenting interventions for Latino/a populations) 

These talks will be followed by opportunities for informal interactions among MSU researchers interested in conducting related research. Interdisciplinary forums bring together faculty from diverse parts of campus to meet in an informal setting, so that MSU expertise might be better synchronized for responsiveness to future Requests For Proposals (RFPs).

Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. 

Questions? Please contact Barbara Roberts, Senior Advisor to the Provost, Executive Director, WorkLife Office, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Education,