As the fall term draws to a close, I want to provide a brief update on the University’s efforts to promote career flexibility and work-life balance, and summarize the accomplishments associated with the Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility. I want to thank all of those who supported this initiative, especially Don Dodson and the Faculty Work-life Advisory Committee, which played a critical role in the implementation of the award.
We have much to celebrate. With support from the Sloan Award, the University:
· Created programs and policies to encourage flexibility and balance, including competitive course releases for faculty research, non tenure-track faculty appointment policies, a tenure clock extension policy, a flexible course scheduling policy, and a modified duties policy
· Developed better communication tools to showcase work-life resources, including a redesigned Faculty Development website, a Chair¹s Toolkit with information on career flexibility and work-life balance, and a Faculty Resources Brochure
· Facilitated workshops with department chairs, academic administrators, and promotion and tenure committees to highlight the importance of career flexibility and work-life balance
· Provided useful resources, including Care.com, work-life lunches and workshops, a work-life consultant, work-life coaching, and elder care coaching
· Explored the need for additional work-life support through an analysis of faculty work-life balance by Laura Nichols (Sociology) and Kieran Sullivan (Psychology)
Although the Sloan Award has reached its conclusion, the University will continue its efforts to promote work-life balance and career flexibility.
We also need to celebrate the faculty who worked tirelessly to create an impressive array of policies, programs, and resources. My sincere thanks go to Linda Kamas (Economics), Jim Bennett (Religious Studies), Diane Dreher (English), Laura Ellingson (Communication), Pedro Hernández-Ramos (Education), Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering), Laura Nichols (Sociology), Chuck Powers (Sociology), Bill Prior (Philosophy), Kieran Sullivan (Psychology), Bill Sundstrom (Economics), and Eleanor Willemsen (Psychology).
The Faculty Work-Life Advisory Committee has transitioned to an ad hoc committee of the Faculty Senate and is chaired by Eleanor Willemsen. This Committee will advise the Faculty Senate on work-life issues. Eleanor will be communicating regularly with Eileen Razzari Elrod, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development, to ensure that the Provost’s Office continues to be informed of faculty work-life issues.
I want to commend the entire University for promoting work-life balance and career flexibility in association with the Sloan Award and in other contexts. Should you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact Eleanor, Eileen or me.
With best wishes for a joyful holiday,
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs