Resources for Women Faculty and Faculty with Families

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 and partners who are searching for faculty positions: The provost partners with colleges to support dual career hiring in academic departments. The Target of Opportunity Hiring Program  allows departments to take advantage of the availability of a specific scholar without a planned search. Faculty should discuss possible dual career hiring with their department head, who can work with their dean to develop a request for assistance.

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. For the purpose of tenure-clock extensions, references to “family” or “household” include domestic partnerships, although this definition does not apply to eligibility for paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or NCSU POL05.30.01 – Medical and Parental Leave for 9-Month Faculty.

The  Tenure Clock Extension Policy   provides details about eligibility and the process for requesting an extension. Extensions may be used to accommodate circumstances such as a personal serious health condition, care for a child, spouse, domestic partner, or parent with a serious health condition, birth or care for a newborn, care for an adopted or foster child, and care for a family member injured while on active duty for the Armed Services. Consult the policy for important information about procedures, time requirements and conditions. In all cases it is important to request the extension as early as possible.

Briefly, there are three ways to initiate a tenure clock extension:

  1. Automatic approval: Faculty with a new child in the family 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

NC State has 20 lactation rooms throughout the campus. The  list of campus lactation rooms provides the locations of the rooms, information on how to reserve the rooms and contact information for accessing the rooms. The Lactation Support Guidelines website provides information about the requirements for lactation spaces at NC State and guidelines regarding paid break time.

The NC State Design and Construction Guidelines ( require that each new or renovated facility of at least 40,000 sq ft must have one lockable lactation room, which may be a dual purpose room. In addition, the NC State Council on the Status of Women, in collaboration with the Architect’s Office and the Office of the Provost, began a project in 2012 to identify space for lactation rooms in existing buildings throughout the campus. The goal is to provide a minimum of one dedicated lactation room in each campus neighborhood.

For some history about lactation rooms at NC State, see the Faculty Senate resolution for the provision of lactation space in NC State facilities, which was adopted on April 21, 2009.   For general information about best practices for lactation rooms, see the very informative AIA white paper.

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.

Leadership Development for Women Faculty

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