This section gives you an overview of reports and articles—many of them online—related to family/work issues in higher education. We add links and other resources regularly, so please check back to see the latest resources.
- Gender in Science and Engineering: Report of the Subcommittee on Family Friendly Policies and Faculty Tracks (March, 2004, PDF format)
- Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) Childcare Task Force (October, 2004)
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Balancing Faculty Careers and Family Work, Academe Online, November–December 2004 (Volume 90, Number 6), featuring:
- “Do Babies Matter? (Part II) Closing the Baby Gap” by Mary Ann Mason and Marc Goulden
Do academic careers curb the ability of faculty to form families?
- Hitting the Maternal Wall by Joan C. Williams
Before they reach a “glass ceiling” in their careers, women faculty may hit a “maternal wall.”
- “Balancing Work and Family for Faculty: Why It’s Important” by John W. Curtis
Faculty members need to “get a life” —both they and their institutions will benefit as a result.
- “Developing and Implementing Work-Family Policies for Faculty” by Beth Sullivan, Carol Hollenshead, and Gilia Smith
A survey of policies now in place reveals strategies for introducing them on campuses.
- “Fear Factor: How Safe Is It to Make Time for Family?” by Kelly Ward and Lisa Wolf-Wendel
This article charts a course toward work-family policies that faculty will actually be able to use.
- “Family-Friendly Policies and the Research University by Kate Quinn, Sheila Edwards Lange, and Steven G. Olswang
The University of Washington’s experience suggests ways to make work-family policies succeed.
- “Working Part Time After Tenure” by Sharon Lobel
A tenured professor makes the case for working part-time.
An online conversation that took place on December 5, 2003, with Mary Ann Mason, dean of the graduate division at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Mason directed the national study of how babies affect the careers of academic men and women, a project she calls “Do Babies Matter?”
From Academe, a publication of the American Association of Higher Education. Abstract: For women academics, deciding to have a baby is a career decision. Traditional narratives of the academic career must adapt to new demands and new constituencies.
Background Paper for the Faculty and Families Project, Department of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations, Penn State University, University Park, PA (September, 2000)
Policy Brief Family Caregiver Alliance National Center for Caregiving (September, 2003)
Additional Information from the Schools and Colleges
Below you will find links to information from UM schools and colleges that have adopted additional family-friendly policies or that offer related resources.
- College of Engineering: Family Friendly Policies
- College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA): Policies on Modified Duties, Delayed Tenure Reviews, and Reduced Appointments
- Medical School: Maternity and Dependant Care Leave Policies
- Diversity Matters
- A U-M gateway to people and programs that support and advance diversity at the University of Michigan and beyond.
- Faculty Handbook
- Contains useful information of interest to current and prospective faculty members.
- Regents of the University of Michigan
- An introduction to the Board of Regents, this website also includes the Regents’ Bylaws.
- Standard Practice Guide
- The U-M’s guide for rules, regulations, best practices, and more.