Reduced Load Lets Faculty Meld Family, Tenure Track

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The idea of a part-time, high-status option for professors is one of the hottest innovations under consideration at universities around the country, to plug the leaky career pipeline that has undermined the progress of women in academia, a profession in which long work hours peak during childbearing years. Among doctoral degree recipients, men with young children are 50 percent more likely than women with young children to begin a job on the tenure track, the class of jobs that are an entree to a serious academic career and the possibility, five to 10 years down the road, of a lifetime, tenured appointment.


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