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Oberlin Receives Alfred P. Sloan Award in Faculty Career Flexibility

Sep. 11, 2009

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The American Council on Education (ACE) has selected Oberlin College as one of six institutions to receive the 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Award in Faculty Career Flexibility for its outstanding leadership in supporting flexible working conditions for tenured and tenure-track faculty. The award will provide Oberlin with a $200,000 accelerator grant to expand career options already available to faculty as well as incorporate discussion of career flexibility into its junior mentoring program.

"Career flexibility options create 'win-win' situations for both institutions and employees," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "Colleges and universities can attract and serve the needs of an increasingly diverse faculty, and employees can find balance between their work and home lives.”

Oberlin received the award for its “generous policies, such as full-paid maternity leave for full- and part-time faculty, temporary shifts to part-time appointments for dependent care, and tenure clock extensions.” According to ACE, such policies have resulted in superior faculty retention, commitment, engagement, and morale.

Other winners of the career flexibility award include Albright College, Bowdoin College, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, and Washington and Lee University. In addition, Dickinson College and Smith College received smaller grants. All eight awards will be formally presented during ACE's Board of Directors meeting on September 14 in Washington, D.C.

"Campuses across the country are grappling with the economic downturn and making difficult decisions about how best to deploy their resources," said Broad. "The dedication these eight campuses have shown to advancing faculty career flexibility options in light of these economic conditions is admirable."

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