Establishing the Family-Friendly Campus
Models for Effective Practice

Paper: 978 1 57922 331 1 / $35.00
Published: June 2009  

Cloth: 978 1 57922 330 4 / $95.00
Published: June 2009  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 027 9 / $95.00  
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Published: December 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
200 pp., 6" x 9"
The impact of changing demographics in higher education, and the importance of family-friendly policies, is well documented. There is an urgent need to keep PhDs in the higher education sector, to recruit talented scholars into academia, and retain them over the course of their academic careers. The key is instituting policies to enable all constituencies to balance work and personal responsibilities.

This book covers the range of issues faced by all generations in academe, from PhD students, to the “sandwich generation” (those caring for children and aging parents simultaneously) through to older faculty and administrators. It addresses the causes for women faculty with children leaving the academy at a disproportionately higher rate than men, the conflicts women face between academic work and motherhood, and the difficulties they encounter in reentering the academy after having left the professoriate.

In examining the need for family-friendly policies, this book documents the “best practices” currently in use at institutions across the United States. Each chapter highlights practices and programs from a variety of institutions and institutional types that address the needs of a more inclusive family-friendly campus and offers suggestions to others who are implementing similar change on their campuses. These examples provide context so that readers no longer have to develop practices in isolation, and without evidence of their effectiveness.

The editors suggest that the most successful campuses are those that utilize a work-life systems framework to meet the needs of its employees. They also point to future growth trends, including expanding the focus from faculty and staff to incorporate all in the campus community

This book offers guidance to department chairs, deans, faculty, administrators, and graduate students on setting a family-friendly agenda, and models for implementation.

Contributors include: Emily Arms -- Kathleen Beauchesne -- Jill Bickett -- Sharon A. Dannels -- Mariko Dawson Zare -- Karie Frasch -- Marc Goulden -- Jeni Hart -- Caryn Jung -- Jaime Lester -- Sharon A. McDade -- Jean McLaughlin -- Mary Ann Mason -- Sharon Page-Medrich -- Kate Quinn -- Margaret Sallee -- Randi Shapiro -- Angelica Stacy -- David L. Swihart -- Gloria D. Thomas -- Darci Thompson

Table of Contents:
Preface—Jaime Lester and Margaret Sallee
1) Challenges and Efforts of Career Flexibility in Higher Education—Gloria Thomas & Jean M. McLaughlin
2) Balance@UW: Work-Family Cultural Change at the University of Washington—Kate Quinn and Randi Shapiro
3) Connecting Work and Life at the University of Arizona: Strategic Practice by UA Life & Work Connections—Caryn S. Jung, David L. Swihart and Darci Thompson
4) Family-Friendly Policies in Catholic Colleges and Universities: A Socially Just Imperative—Jill Bickett and Emily Arms
5) Hopkins 24/7: The Story of Leadership and Excellence in Work and Personal Life—Kathleen Beauchesne
6) The Devil is in the Details: Creating Family-Friendly Departments for Faculty at the University of California—Karie Frasch, Angelica Stacy, Mary Ann Mason, Sharon Page-Medrich and Marc Goulden
7) Shaping the Work Environment and Family Friendly Policies: A Perspective from Deans—Sharon A. McDade and Sharon A. Dannels
8) Family-Friendly Activism—Jeni Hart
9) From Advocacy to Action: Making Graduate School Family-Friendly—Margaret Sallee, Mariko Dawson Zare and Jaime Lester
10) The Family-Friendly Campus in the 21st Century—Margaret Sallee and Jaime Lester
Appendix; Resources

Video of interview with editors

Reviews & Endorsements:
"I found the book extremely useful... The approach of having individual chapters focused on specific policy reforms is a real strength... I found [the book] helpful and thought-provoking and believe others will as well."
- The Review of Higher Education
"Establishing the Family-Friendly Campus provides valuable insights for chairs about how to best help faculty manage work-life balance... Whether the ultimate goal is to creat family-friendly campus environments for early-career faculty as a way to help them get established in their careers, or to help more established faculty find balance between demanding academic workplaces and family needs, this book can help campus leaders think in new and different ways about work-life as a concept and about a policy arena that can help faculty have genuinely more interesting and intgrated lives that include quality work and personal lives–whether they have personal family needs or not. This volume helps facul,ty thrive in their careers–a goal to which all campus leaders should aspire."
- The Department Chair