January 24, 2010
Colleges Look for New Ways to Help Women in Science
After federal grants end, programs for female professors get creative
Daniel Sheehan for The Chronicle
When Linsey C. Marr was pregnant, she worried that temporarily scaling back her workload once her baby arrived could be perceived badly.
"I didn't want it to seem as if I was asking for a special favor from the department," says Ms. Marr, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, who gave birth to a boy, Jasper, in 2007.
But a new "modified duties" policy let Ms. Marr take a break from the classroom for the spring 2008 semester and still