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What's Happening?

  • Faculty Committee on Work/Life Balance 
    -- In response to concerns of women faculty, a Faculty Committee on Work/Life Balance was formed to investigate existing work and family practices at UC Davis. After a thorough investigation of the situation, the committee developed a series of Work/Life recommendations that were widely disseminated to the campus community in June of 2001. Their recommendations included the following:

    1. Centralized Funding of Parental Leave and Active Service-Modified Duties (ASMD) -- To assure that departments have the necessary funds to hire replacement teaching, the University should set aside a centralized fund to reimburse departments when their faculty make use of parental leave and/or ASMD. Since this recommendation was put forth, the campus responded and put in place a central fund.
      Memo Re. Centralizing Funding

    2. Stop the Tenure Clock -- Faculty in the affected titles may apply for stoppage of the tenure clock to accommodate serious illness of a partner or spouse, parent or child, as well as childbearing, adoption or placement, without prejudice or penalty. Faculty may also request a corresponding delay of their appraisal. The length of clock-stoppage may not exceed a total of two years.

    3. Defer post-tenure merits and promotions -- Faculty in the affected titles may apply for deferral of post-tenure merits and promotions to accommodate childbearing, adoption or placement, or serious illness of a partner or spouse, parent or child, without prejudice or penalty. The length of deferral may not exceed one year per event for a total of two years.

    Recommendations of the Committee

  • Implementation Committee Formed -- In response to the Work/Life recommendations, an implementation committee was formed to assess the cost of the proposed policy changes. In July 2002, they delivered a report on their findings.
    Committee's Findings

  • Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Work/Life Balance -- So, too, a Chancellor's advisory committee chaired by Cristina Gonzalez was formed to investigate the issues further and to make additional recommendation. In May of 2003, this committee put forth a set of recommendations:


    1. Continue to provide central funding for childbearing/adoption leave.

    2. Continue to provide central funding for modified duties for care of children.

    3. Provide central funding for modified duties for care of seriously ill partners or spouses, parents and children.


  • UC Davis Faculty Work/Life Balance Program -- As of January 2003, UC Davis adopted a work/life balance program for ladder rank faculty based on many of the recommendations of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Work/Life Balance. The program is managed by the office of the Vice Provost- Academic Personnel.
    Work/Life Balance Program

  • Resource Guide for Faculty and Staff -- An extensive resource guide focused on work and life issues has been made available to faculty and staff on the web.
    Resource Guide

  • Working with the AAUP -- Faculty from UC Davis have made major contributions in AAUP's efforts to publicize the importance of work/life issues among faculty and in the development of their Statement of Principles on Family Responsibilities and Academic Work.
    AAUP's Statement




2003 The UC Faculty Family Friendly Edge
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The UC Faculty Family Friendly Edge:
> The UC Faculty Family Friendly Edge: turning a problem into UC's competitive advantage
> Recruiting & Retaining the Best & Brightest
> Leaks in the Academic Pipeline for Women
> The Pool Problem at UC Berkeley: Ladder Rank Faculty
> Work-Family Balance
> Sloan Funds the UC Family Friendly Edge
> Proposed Initiatives
What's New?
>Revisions to UC Family Friendly Policies are Issued (PDF)
>UC Faculty Family Friendly Edge Report (PDF)
> UC Families Interactive Website is Launched
>9 Presidents of Major Universities Release Joint Statement (DOC) on Gender Equity in Higher Education
See Press Release (DOC)
> Academe Do Babies Matter II article by Mason & Goulden
PDF with figures
> Annals Marriage and Baby Blues article by Mason & Goulden
> Chronicle of Higher Education reports on UC Family Friendly Edge Project
> Chronicle of Higher Education holds online colloquy with Mary Ann Mason, How Babies Alter Careers for Academics
> UC Faculty Work and Family Survey Presentation (PPT)
> Academe Do Babies Matter article by Mason & Goulden
PDF with figures
> Recent Press Coverage

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