The University of Alabama

Work Life Manager Eases Stress of Balancing Job and Family

Cori Perdue

In May 2012 the UA Department of Human Resources welcomed a new member to their team, Cori Perdue. Perdue is the new work life manager for the University. She manages the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of faculty, staff and student work life programs and quality of life issues.

Her duties as work life manager range from helping develop new work life resources such as dual career assistance and eldercare resources to organizing events such as the Summer Camp Expo in April and the Family Resource Fair in August. Perdue also serves as the contact for the University’s faculty and staff Acts of Kindness Employee Assistance Fund as well as the coordinator for Sitters for Service and Undergraduate Parent Support (UPS).

Before joining UA’s Department of Human Resources, Perdue was creator and inaugural coordinator for the Graduate Parent Support (GPS) program at UA. This unique program provides an innovative and accessible academic, social and emotional support system for graduate students who have children. As GPS grew, UA employees became more interested in having similar programs to benefit faculty and staff; this interest is what prompted human resources to join with the Office of Academic Affairs and hire Perdue as UA’s first work life manager.

Perdue is a doctoral candidate in English at UA, and received her master’s degree in English from UA and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

She has received numerous awards including the Graduate Council Dissertation Fellowship, Hudson Strode Program Research Grant and Alabama Good Works Teacher of the Year Award. Her devotion to create programs that ease the stress of working or attending school while raising a family has inspired other colleges and universities to create programs similar to those at the Capstone.

Employees interested in learning more about the many work life resources that the University has to offer can visit hr.ua.edu/worklife_resources/index.html or contact Perdue at 348-5217 or cperdue@fa.ua.edu.