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Faculty and Their Families

Work/Life Resource Center

The Work/Life Resource Center (WLRC) helps University of Michigan families achieve a family-career balance through connections with campus and community resources that help you integrate your personal life and your work life. Through these programs, the University's goal is to help recruit and retain the best faculty and staff members.

WLRC services include help in locating childcare and eldercare, educational programs, and the newest addition -- U-M Family Helpers -- a listing of University of Michigan students who are available to perform various services depending on their profiles, including childcare, yard work, tutoring, housekeeping, and pet sitting (site requires a University of Michigan sign-on).

For more information, please see the WLRC web page.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)

FASAP is a University of Michigan Benefits Office Program that offers a number of services designed to help staff, faculty, and their immediate family members with personal difficulties encountered at both work and home. FASAP also offers personalized coaching services to help you achieve your professional and personal goals. All services are free of charge and completely confidential.

For more information on FASAP services, please visit the FASAP website.

University Center for the Child and the Family (UCCF)

The UCCF provides mental health assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, families, and couples at a moderate cost.

For more information on UCCF services, please visit the UCCF website.

Center for the Education of Women (CEW)

Established in 1964, CEW was the nation’s first comprehensive, university-based women’s center of its kind. Projects targeted to women faculty include the Women of Color in the Academy Project (with the Women’s Studies Program), the Dual Ladder in Higher Education—Research, Resources, and the Academic Workforce Dual Ladder Clearinghouse (project underway). Support available to your spouse or partner includes programs, counseling services, and access to CEW’s library.

For more information, please visit the CEW website.


This five-year, grant-funded project promotes institutional transformation in science and engineering fields. The program’s goals are to improve recruitment and retention of women faculty in science and engineering and to improve the institutional climate. Publications include Giving and Getting Career Advice (career advising handbook) and the Faculty Recruitment Handbook & Candidate Evaluation Tool.

For more information, please visit the ADVANCE Program website.

Spectrum Center

The Spectrum Center, previously the Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Affairs provides a comprehensive range of education, information, and advocacy services, and works to create and maintain an open, safe, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, and staff, their families and friends, the campus, and the community at large.

For more information, please visit the Spectrum Center website.

Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Faculty and Staff

This website links LGBT faculty and staff to resources at the University, in the local community, and in Michigan that engage in or offer a variety of activities, including academic and personal support, health and wellness, research, business directories, advocacy, networking, spirituality, and social and cultural opportunities.

For more information, please visit the LGBT Faculty and Staff website.

LGBT Faculty Alliance

In 1992 a University-wide group of faculty and deans formed the University of Michigan Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Faculty Alliance (UMFA). The Alliance helps to address the needs of new faculty, providing them with social support on their arrival and with advice and support for scholarly work on lesbian and gay issues. The group also works on University policies and curriculum and helps meet the needs of students. Each fall the group holds an annual reception.

To join the Alliance’s email listserv group, send a message to, using the word subscribe as the subject. The Alliance respects the privacy of those who wish it.

Department of Recreational Sports

As a faculty member, you can purchase a Rec Sports membership for yourself (several types of which are available) and also memberships for your family members at varying rates for children (under the age of 18), dependents (children between the ages of 18 and 25), and sponsored adults (spouse, partner, or children over the age of 25). Members have access to several UM sports facilities.

For schedules, locations, and details, please visit the Rec Sports website.

U-M Geriatrics Center

The Geriatrics Center is dedicated to providing educational opportunities, advancing research on the healthcare issues of older adults and providing exemplary multidisciplinary care and services for the older population. Their offerings include the Learning in Retirement (LIR) Program.

For more information, please visit the U-M Geriatrics Center website. You can also read about learning programs for seniors.

About Ann Arbor

One of the biggest perks of working at the University of Michigan is living in Ann Arbor. Our beautiful city offers all the music, arts, dining, and cultural opportunities of a large city while still retaining that “home-town” feel.

Situated on the banks of the Huron River, Ann Arbor is also known for its abundant parklands, excellent schools, low crime rate, and a community as diverse as that of large metropolitan cities.

Get more information on Ann Arbor links of interest by visiting the About Ann Arbor page on the Dual Career Resources Website and the U-M Visitors page.

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