Family-Friendly Policies Fall Short When Professors Worry About Backlash

The good news: Policies to help professors balance work and family are in place at more colleges than ever before. The bad news: Faculty members, particularly women on the tenure track at research universities, don't feel as if they can take advantage of those policies­­—including paid parental leave and the chance to stop the tenure clock or modify their duties—without risking their careers.

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