Archive for November 20, 2011

Making Research Careers More Family-Friendly: White House and NSF Announce New Policies

I love the direction, to make research careers more family-friendly, but am wondering if these steps will do it. Deferring awards for one year makes sense. Paying for technicians and staff to maintain labs for a year? Not sure that really works for computer science.

Barb and I were talking about the positive impacts of stopping tenure in the United States. It might make academic careers more family-friendly. No more intense tenure race during peak years for having children.

The 10-year initiative will include provisions for grant recipients to defer their awards for up to one year for the care of a newborn or newly adopted child, allow recipients to suspend their grants for parental leave, and pay for technicians and staff to maintain labs for researchers on leave.

The plan also includes efforts to publicize these family friendly opportunities, encourage more research into workplace flexibility, and design outreach that introduces girls to women at the top of research fields.

via Making Research Careers More Family-Friendly: White House and NSF Announce New Policies | Current Affairs – ISNS.

November 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm 2 comments


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