The Danforth Campus Standing Committee on Work/Life Balance advises the provost on how to foster an institutional culture that is supportive of our faculty’s lives beyond the university. Maintaining rigorous research and teaching portfolios along with institutional service requirements while fulfilling our obligations to our families, our friends, and ourselves is increasingly challenging for academics. While it affects each of us differently, none of us escapes the challenge. Accordingly, the Office of the Provost is asking the Standing Committee to identify work/life balance challenges, diagnose the underlying problems, and recommend policies and best practices to support our colleagues. We anticipate that, in its first year, the Standing Committee will examine policies and make recommendations for revisions of these or for the implementation of new guidelines; review the University’s climate surveys to identify issues and concerns to different faculty constituents; and address questions that are both campus-wide and school specific. As the committee begins its work in spring 2018, it has identified concerns regarding parental leave, lactation room initiatives, elder care benefits, and strategies to better communicate resources to our faculty members. The Committee Chair welcomes additional suggestions from Danforth Campus colleagues.
For information about the work of the Standing Committee on Faculty Work/Life Balance, to ask questions, or to make recommendations for consideration, please contact the chair Stephanie Kirk.