Monthly Archives: November 2016

Family-Friendly Scheduling

half-past-clock-309898.pngMust all talks and receptions start at 5:30?

(yes, like ours did…)

Here’s a memo from the Brown University Provost’s Office with advice for scheduling talks in ways that work for more faculty members–and why it matters.

Don’t have time to read it right now? Here are the basics:

Best Practices for Chairs and Directors

Recognize that 5:30 is not a time at which “everyone is free.”

Acknowledge the challenges (logistically, financially, and interpersonally) that 5:30 events and late afternoon teaching blocks pose to faculty with family responsibilities.

Distinguish between programming meant to serve the broader community and programming meant to bolster the research capacity of the faculty. Programming in the latter category should happen during the workday.

Vary the times of workshops, seminars, and lectures so that the same people are not perpetually excluded.

Accommodate faculty with family responsibilities by creating opportunities for workday interactions (e.g. coffees, lunches) with visiting scholars. In particular, make sure that junior faculty with family responsibilities do not miss the professional development or networking opportunities essential for tenure.

Enfranchise faculty by making sure that departmental governance and other essential activities take place during the workday.

Advocate for family-friendly policies, including efforts to reconfigure the scheduling grid with new seminar times.


Vision 2020 Report card

The Committee on the Status of Women has been tasked with writing a “Report Card” on the 2006 Vision 2020 Report. It has already been 10 years since this was published. How are we doing? How much progress have we made? Have we met the goals for diversity that were set? Are there more women in leadership positions? Is the climate inclusive? How is work/life balance? These topics and more are what we will be discussing and evaluating this academic year.

We kicked this off by collecting ideas at the Where We Stand event a couple of weeks ago in October and will be announcing working groups so anyone who wants to can participate.  Stay tuned….

Where We Stand Fall 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended the Where We Stand event last week.screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-3-24-07-pm


The committee is working on compiling the notes from the round tables, and once we do we hope to invite you to be a part of working group to respond to Vision 2020. Please stay tuned. In the meantime, if you have colleagues who are also interested in this work but were unable to come to the event, please send them our way.