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A set number of spaces at the University's child care centers are reserved for faculty.

Family-Friendly Policies for Faculty

The University of Texas at Austin believes an environment of excellence is synonymous with an environment of wellness, and that wellness starts with balance. We are deeply committed to creating a supportive and productive workplace that allows our faculty opportunities to maintain a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives.

Child Care

Finding a place for your children while you’re at work can be a burden. To lighten your load, the university has two campus child care centers with 374 spaces that serve children between 6 weeks to 5 years of age. A limited number of spaces reserved for faculty recruitment and retention is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and are endorsed by your dean/department chair to the Provost Office.

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Dual Career Couples

We realize that in many cases your job brought not only you to Austin, but also your significant other. Whether your partner is in academia or not, we will help him or her find on-campus or local employment. Contact your department chair or school/college to initiate the process.

Extending Tenure-Track Probationary Periods

Life sometimes takes a turn to keep you from achieving normal levels of productivity during your tenure-track probationary period. Fortunately, you can apply for a probationary period extension. All professional accomplishments achieved during the extension of the tenure track probationary period will be included in your promotion packet, and no distinction is made during the promotion review between those who have and have not had an extension.

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Family and Medical Leave

The university provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid family and medical leave during a rolling 12-month period in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act. This leave applies to those who have been employed by the State of Texas for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the year before the beginning of your leave.

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Modified Instructional Duties

When certain personal circumstances prevent you from being able to perform your classroom teaching duties, you may be eligible for a semester of Modified Instructional Duties. Under this policy, full-time faculty member may take a semester off from teaching responsibilities while focusing on other academic and research responsibilities. You are encouraged to discuss this option with your department chair or dean if you think this option would provide you and your family the flexibility you need.

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Flexibility at Work

Modified instructional duties helped Associate Professor Lili Qiu after the birth of her daughter.

A Balancing Act

A tenure-track pace, teaching schedule and a newborn — Associate Professor Shirley Thompson's experience