Flexible Faculty Policies

Universities must attract and retain the best faculty in order to foster excellence in teaching, research, and outreach. Competition for the best faculty is intense. The availability of flexible and family-friendly policies can make the difference in recruiting and retaining faculty.

  • Accommodating Family Needs: Faculty face a difficult balancing act in combining family and work commitments. To help meet this challenge, the university provides leave for certain family situations. This leave may be partial or full, paid or unpaid, as specified in these guidelines.
  • Faculty Modified Duties Assignment (FMDA): Iowa State offers Faculty Modified Duties Assignments to tenured and tenure-eligible faculty associated with the birth or adoption of a child, or the foster care placement of a child.
  • Extension of the Probationary Period (tenure-clock extension): Iowa State University recognizes the challenges that untenured faculty face as they strive to earn tenure through achievement in teaching, research, and outreach. The extension of the tenure clock policy (Faculty Handbook allows a faculty member to request an extension of the standard probationary period in a range of special circumstances.
  • Policies and Guidelines for Flexible Faculty Careers: Resources for Chairs and Deans (PDF, 555KB): Chairs and deans are pivotal to establishing family friendly climates and career flexibility within their departments and colleges. These guidelines, developed through the efforts of ISU ADVANCE, provide information on steps that can be taken to create such an environment in which flexibility is both available and regularly utilized, enabling the success of all faculty members.
  • Dual Career Resources: Dual Career Resources, managed by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, aims to provide spouses/partners of faculty and senior administrators with support in identifying employment opportunities both on campus and in the community.
  • Partner/Spousal Accommodation: As part of the faculty recruitment process, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost may partner with colleges to provide salary support for partner/spousal accommodations. The accommodation may entail a tenured/tenure-eligible, term faculty, or P&S appointment.