Resources for Women Faculty and Faculty with Families

NC State has several policies and programs relating to work/family compatibility.

DSC06602Offerings include parental leave for all faculty and graduate students, automatic tenure clock extension for faculty who take maternity leave and automatically approved tenure clock extension for all faculty with a new child in the family, child care adjacent to campus,  lactation rooms at several locations around campus, and dual career hiring assistance for prospective faculty.



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Dual Career Hiring Assistance for Prospective Faculty

Job search assistance   and resume review for spouses and partners who are searching for non-faculty positions.

For spouses who are searching for faculty positions: Under certain conditions matching funds up to 33% may be provided by the Provost for  spousal hires  if the accompanying spouse of a recruited faculty member will be in a tenure track faculty position.

Parental Leave

Faculty on 9-Month Academic Appointments. New parents (both mothers and fathers) are eligible for paid parental leave. The NC State Policy on Medical and Parental Leave for 9-Month Faculty has detailed information about who’s eligible and the amount of time that may be taken with pay.

Staff and Faculty on 12-Month Appointments.  New parents (both mothers and fathers) are eligible for parental leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. This leave may be paid for with your accumulated sick and/or annual leave. Details about the length of time you may take and how and when to apply are on the Human Resources website .

Graduate Students. All full-time, matriculated graduate students anticipating the birth or care of a newborn or placement or car of an adopted or foster child may apply for relief from academic responsibilities for a period of up to six weeks. This allows graduate students to maintain full-time registered student status. See .

Extension of the Tenure Clock

Any tenure-track assistant professor who has a new child in the family may request an automatic extension of the tenure clock. This applies to birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child, and to both women and men. Also, if a faculty member takes Family Medical Leave of two months or longer, the tenure clock will automatically be extended. In the case of a tenure clock extension, the faculty member will have the option to be reviewed in either the extended mandatory year or the year prior. Both years will be considered normal review years; i.e., not “early.”

The tenure clock may also be extended for health reasons and to care for an ill or elderly family member. The  Tenure Clock Extension Policy  states “Extensions are intended to accommodate faculty and the institution in those cases in which compelling circumstances result in the practical impossibility of the faculty member to carry out the development of the faculty member’s program on the normal schedule implied by the original appointment term.”

In all cases it is important to request the extension as early as possible.

There are three ways to initiate a tenure clock extension:

  1. Automatic approval: In instances where faculty have a new child in the family, they may request tenure clock extension within one year following the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child by submitting the Notification of a Birth, Adoption, or Placement of a Foster Child form. Approval is automatically granted.
  2. Automatic: Approved family medical leave of 60 calendar days or longer will automatically extend the tenure clock.
  3. Not Automatic: In all other cases the request for extension may be initiated by the faculty member, department head or the dean. Based on consultation with the faculty member and the department head, the dean will determine whether to request an extension and submit the request to the Provost. The descriptions above are abbreviated. Full details, definitions of terms, and forms are provided in the university Tenure Clock Regulation.

Child Care

The NC State Childcare Center is located at 691 Palmer Drive on the Dorothea Dix campus. The center is managed by Bright Horizons and has a maximum capacity of 47 places. Employees can enroll their children on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a limited number of slots at each age level. The cost to employees will be subsidized by NC State with a sliding scale for the amount of discount based on income. Eligibility for slots in the center is now open to full-time faculty and staff and post-docs.

The HR Benefits Child Care Resources Website provides information about other childcare providers, dependent day care flexible spending accounts, tax information, and discounts.

Lactation and Baby Care Rooms

Lactation and Baby Care Rooms .  The Faculty Senate adopted a resolution for the provision of lactation space in NC State facilities on April 21, 2009. NC State is making strides in the provision of lactation and baby care rooms. A list of lactation rooms available on campus appears below.

Facilities linked to Google Calendar and marked with the notation “Google Calendar:”  may be reserved through Google calendar. For other rooms, information about how to access the room and contact information are given in parentheses beside the lactation room location.

Instructions for reserving a lactation or baby care room via Google calendar:

  1. Sign into your Google Calendar account using your NCSU email and password
  2. Create a reservation on your calendar and click on Edit event in your event window.
  3. Fill in all necessary information and then click on Rooms, etc located on the right hand side.
  4. Click on the building abbreviation for the lactation room you want to reserve. The lactation room should appear in the list.
  5. Click on the room that you want to set up the reservation.
  6. Click on SAVE to complete your reservation.

Lactation Rooms

North Campus

  • Daniels 424 (Google Calendar: DAN. 515-2362, Elaine Erwin, or Bill Irwin,, 400 Daniels)
  • Note: undergoing renovation during April and May 2014. Caldwell M9A, dual purpose kitchen/lactation room (Google Calendar:CAL. 513-7056, Allen Emory,
  • 1911 Building Room 130, dual purpose kitchen/lactation room (Google Calendar:NIN. 513-2339, John Craig, john,   and Linda Orlandi, )
  • Poe 416 (Google Calendar:POE. 515-5514, Jill Whitfield,
  • Harrelson 333 – dual purpose lactation/child friendly room (Google Calendar:HA. 515-2012, Women’s Center, 324 Harrelson Hall, Kimberly Zugay,
  • 146 Scott Hall (Google Calendar: SC. 218-9251 or 515-7255, Jeff Hall,; Natasha Dillon,, room 134 Scott Hall)
  • SAS Hall, Room 5121 (Open unless occupied, 515-2528, Alison McCoy,

Central Campus

  • Student Health Addition Room 1116 – dual purpose bicycle commuter shower room/lactation room.

Centennial Campus, Avent Ferry Complex

  • Avent Ferry Technology Center 122 (Google Calendar:AFH. 513-0747, Nate Maynard,
  • Hunt Library room 1202, (call 515-7110, the Ask Us Desk, for access)
  • 3001B EBII (Google Calendar:EB2. 515-2067, Sandy Bronson,

Administrative Services, McKimmon Center, College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Administrative Services Building III, Room 355 – dual purpose telephone room/lactation room (Google Calendar:AS3, 513-3956, Pat Johnson,
  • College of Veterinary Medicine B104X
  • McKimmon Center (on request. ask front desk receptionist)

Planned Lactation Rooms

  • New Talley Student Center – new baby care room
  • Broughton Hall – room to be determined
  • College of Textiles
  • Joyner Visitor Center
  • Biltmore Hall
  • Jordan Hall


Future plans: Provide minimum of one dedicated lactation room in each campus neighborhood.

See also the very informative AIA paper outlining best practices for lactation rooms.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP), is designed to provide no cost, confidential and professional assessment and referral services for employees who may be experiencing personal or work-related concerns. Examples of problems addressed are emotional, family, marital, alcohol, drug and other personal issues. Referrals, information, and consultations for help with elder care questions are available.

There are several organizations and centers devoted to gender issues, such as the NC State Women’s Center, the Council on the Status of Women, and the Association of Women Faculty.  Opportunities for leadership training, library and curricular resources for studying women and gender, and programs devoted to women’s health are listed. Also included are NC State organizations for faculty and staff women, whose aims are to improve the climate for women on this campus and increase the representation of women among the faculty.

Women's Center and Women's and Gender Studies

  • NC State Women’s Center . The NC State Women’s Center is a catalyst and resource that advances gender equity and social justice through education, advocacy, and leadership for the campus community. The Women’s Center provides a number of programs, services, and leadership opportunities to engage the campus community on issues related to gender equity.  Some of the available resources to faculty and staff include:  Don’t Cancel that Class educational programs, collaborations on proposals and grant-writing, support groups, and referrals related to interpersonal violence.
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The intellectual mission of WGS grows out of the recognition that gender—cultural ideas about what it means to be masculine or feminine or other—profoundly impacts our lives. Our WGS courses engage students in work that illuminates the history and effects of gender and, importantly, how it intersects other identity categories such as race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality.

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