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Toolkit: Policy Trends at Master's Large Institutions

December 30, 1899


The Alfred P. Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility

Among the 56 master's large universities and colleges that applied for the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Faculty Career Flexibility in 2007, the following encouraging trends were available to faculty. For all of the policies and practices listed below, at least half of the applicant institutions indicated having them in place:

  • Tenure clock adjustment
  • Active Service-Modified Duties (ASMD) or Partial Relief from Duties, with no reduction in pay
  • Paid leaves for biological or adoptive mothers
  • Disability policy for serious illness or injury
  • Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) stating faculty member's expectations during leaves
  • Committee that identifies problems and recommends actions regarding the recruitment, retention, and/or career satisfaction of faculty from underrepresented groups
  • Tracking tenure outcomes for faculty who stop the tenure clock
  • Course offerings that examine the intersection of work, personal, and family life

A more detailed description of the common policies and practices at master's large institutions is available. The web page describes policy frequency at master's large institutions for the following topics: Adjusting the tenure clock, modified duties, maternity and paternity leaves for biological and adoptive parents, phased retirement, and part-time appointments. Each section includes information about institutional structures and climate that support faculty, such as funding, eligibility for these programs, and maximum usage of policy options.

Winners From Master's Large Applicants

The 2008 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Faculty Career Flexibility recognized master's large universities and colleges for their leadership and accomplishments in implementing groundbreaking policies and practices supporting career flexibility for tenured and tenure-track faculty. The awards program was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and conducted by ACE.

Boise State University (ID), Canisius College (NY), San José State University (CA), Santa Clara University (CA), Simmons College (MA), and the University of Baltimore (MD) each received $200,000 that will enable the institutions to expand and enhance flexible career paths for faculty. In addition, Benedictine University (IL) and Plymouth State University (NH) received $25,000 awards each in recognition of innovative practices in career flexibility.


Front row: David Ward, President of ACE; Gloria Thomas, Associate Project Director, ACE; Kathleen Christensen, Program Officer, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Claire Van Ummersen, Vice President, ACE


Middle row: Don Dodson, Senior Vice Provost, Santa Clara University; Linda Randall, Associate Provost, University of Baltimore; Sandra Gill, Dean of the College of Business, Benedictine University; Julie Bernier, Provost, Plymouth State University; Carmen Sigler, Provost, San José State University


Back row: Wim Wiewel, Provost, University of Baltimore; Jerry Neuner, Associate Vice President, Canisius College; Shelton Woods, Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences & Public Affairs, Boise State University; Joan Merdinger, Associate Vice President, San José State University


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