June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Women in Engineering
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Developing and Implementing Effective Campus Worklife Policies: The Story of oneNSF ADVANCE ProjectSix years ago, University X’s NSF ADVANCE grant began with three goals: building amore supportive climate, enhancing promotion and leadership, and increasing retention ofwomen faculty in STEM. One of the programs created to help achieve these goals hasfocused on developing and implementing effective worklife policies for the campus, toboth build a more supportive climate and increase retention of women faculty. Thecampus does not have formal worklife policies beyond those that are federally mandated(such as the Family and Medical Leave Act). The worklife policies effort for this project,unlike most of the other eight programs, has required input, buy-in and approval from notonly groups and administrators across campus, but also from top administrators for theuniversity and personnel at the state system level. A number of strategies have been usedin laying the groundwork, with varying levels of success as well as multiple starts andstops. Actual changes in worklife policies have yet to be realized, but there is hope thatat least some of the proposed policies will be approved by the conclusion of this last no-cost extension year. Assessment suggests that a significant portion of faculty (both maleand female) do not feel that the campus currently has an adequate number of worklifepolicies, with less (15%) female faculty versus male (54%) faculty agreeing that existingpolicies are sufficient. Similar percentages (15% for female faculty and 46% for malefaculty) felt that faculty in their department are well-informed about campus worklifepolicies. Interviews suggest that some campus administrators are concerned that the lackof worklife policies may impede their ability to attract and retain new faculty, especiallyfemale faculty. This paper looks at the process of laying the groundwork for such policychange, including efforts to engage and solicit both input and buy-in from a variety ofcampus groups, as well as efforts at the state level to implement worklife policy changes.
Carpenter, J. P., & O'Neal, D. P. (2015, June), Developing and Implementing Effective Campus Work–Life Policies: The Story of One NSF ADVANCE Project Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23834
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