Family Friendly

Our Mission

Message from President Mark Schlissel

President Mark Schlissel

“The University of Michigan is committed to helping faculty have fulfilling family lives while pursuing their academic ambitions. We provide benefits and services such as paid leave for new parents, time off the tenure clock, university operated child care facilities, backup emergency child care, and job search assistance for partners. Your family becomes part of our family here at Michigan.”

Mark Schlissel, President
University of Michigan


The University of Michigan:
A Commitment to Families

If you’re a prospective faculty member, you already know about the University of Michigan’s preeminent role in research and education. But you may not know about the wide variety of benefits we offer to you, your spouse or partner, and your children and other family members.

The programs and resources described here are an important part of the University’s effort to assist faculty in balancing their roles. We hope you will explore this website fully to learn about the resources available to assist you and your dependents. If you have questions or need more information, please contact your school, college, or department.

We are also proud to provide two (2) significant benefits for new parents. Effective September 1, 2018, UM established two (2) standalone paid leaves (“Maternity/Childbirth Leave” and “Parental Leave”) that each provide six (6) weeks of paid leave and are wholly separate from available “sick” policies (e.g., short-term and extended sick):

  1. Six (6) weeks paid Maternity (Childbirth) Leave -- intended to provide birth mothers with time for the physical recovery associated with childbirth; and
  2. Six (6) week paid Parental Leave -- intended to provide all new parents (whether by birth, adoption, foster care placement, or child guardianship events) with a period of bonding (birth mothers are also eligible for this paid leave).

Also effective September 1, 2018, UM reduced the eligibility period from two (2) years from time of hire to one (1) year for paid Extended Sick Leave benefits.

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