Faculty can better reach their professional goals and feel satisfied working at the University of Maine if they achieve a healthy work-life balance.
To support this healthy balance UMaine has adopted policies enabling faculty members to stop their tenure clock when their families have grown or when they or a family member become ill. Another policy lets faculty members with new children teach less, for a time, in favor of other work responsibilities. And now, additional funding from NSF has facilitated creation of Maine Career Connect, an employer consortium dedicated to helping newly relocated professionals and their families assimilate into the community.
ADVANCE Rising Tide initiatives seek to:
In collaboration with the Office of Human Resources, ADVANCE efforts are currently focused on clarifying Family Friendly Policies, distributing an informational brochure describing policies such as Stop the Tenure Clock and Alternatives to Teaching, and updating webpages to ensure easy access to clear and consistent information. ADVANCE is also working to identify and implement best practices to ensure faculty evaluations are fair and appropriate. Specific policy focus areas include:
Read more about the need for dual career support in the NSF Career-Life Balance Supplemental Funding Application, or contact our Rising Tide Policy Advocate, Amy Fried, for information about current or planned policy initiatives and activities.