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Work and Family

Statement of Principles on Family Responsibilities and Academic Work

Statement addressing some of the current issues facing faculty members as they seek to integrate family obligations and academic work.  It recommends principles and guidelines for formulating appropriate policies and practices regarding family leaves, modified teaching schedules, "stopping the tenure clock," and institutional assistance for family responsibilities.


Notes From the Delivery Room

Success secrets of the stars for fitting into your research again after the baby.

Housework Is an Academic Issue

How to keep talented women scientists in the lab, where they belong.

Who Took the Sabbath Out of Sabbatical?

Worshipping real academic productivity means giving it a rest now and then.

Partner-Accommodation Recommendations

The AAUP’s Committee on Women in the Academic Profession recently released Recommendations on Partner Accommodation and Dual-Career Appointments, continuing its decades-long work promoting gender equity and work-family balance in the academy. The recommendations provide assistance to professors and administrators in view of the increasing likelihood that faculty members, particularly women faculty members, will have domestic partners or spouses who are also academics and that they will seek appointments at the same institution.

Labor Pains in the Academy

Inside each of us, British psychoanalyst Adam Phillips noted, are many lives competing to be lived.

The Ivory Ceiling of Service Work

Service work continues to pull women associate professors away from research. What can be done?

Faculty Child Care

Statement arguing that in order for faculty members with child-rearing responsibilities to participate successfully in teaching, research, and service to their institution, they must have access to quality child-care facilities. Universities and colleges should assume a share of the responsibility for the provision of such services to their faculties.

AAUP Updates FMLA Guidebook

To clarify how to apply the FMLA in academic settings, the AAUP produced a guidebook, authored by attorney Kathi Westcott and economics professor Saranna Thornton and now available online in an updated edition.

Motherhood in the US Academy

Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family by Kelly Ward and Lisa Wolf-Wendel. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012.

Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower by Mary Ann Mason, Nicholas H. Wolfinger, and Marc Goulden. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Mothers in Academia by Mari Castañeda and Kirsten Isgro, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.


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