Sharing the caring: professor for interactive media Franziska Uhing

Your career.

  • Magister degree;
  • a research project in media education (2 years);
  • own business;
  • PhD-grant, combined with teaching job in Kiel University of Applied Sciences;
  • Professorship at Kiel University of Applied Sciences.

Please describe briefly your family commitments.

I have 2 children (11 and 8 years old). They are educated by me and assisted by au pairs. My husband runs a business and has no time.

How do you balance your work and family commitments?

I spent 3 hours per day for family (from 6 to 7 am and from 6 to 8 pm), rest is work plus household management.

What has helped you?

Au pairs and a very good teaching schedule (never after 5 pm) done by our staff at work.

What has hindered you?

It would be easier if my husband shared tasks with me.

What have been the most difficult moments in your career considering family and work-life balance?

  • Meetings!
  • Preparing new lectures, which is mostly the case in my subject area. I have to work at night, which is hard.