The Pregnant Scholar
This website is an online toolkit for university students, faculty and administrators on pregnancy and parenting.
Teaching Load Redistribution Guidelines for Parents
A long-term faculty member who is serving as primary caregiver for his or her newborn or newly adopted child qualifies for a teaching load redistribution. Click here to view the University specific parental teaching load redistribution guidelines. Four colleges (Engineering, Education and Human Resources, Liberal Arts and Science) have their own guidelines in addition to the University guidelines. If you are a member of any of these colleges please contact your college to enquire about their specific guidelines.
Examples of service for modified duties include:
- Planning a regional conference
- Working with the college writing center to develop resources for the Communication Across the Curriculum initiative
- Rewriting the departmental faculty handbook and serving on a major search committee
- Serving in an elected position in a national professional organization
- Compiling statistics on the department and other departments from peer institutions for the department’s strategic plan
- Serving on an ADVANCE Committee (contact the ADVANCE Director, Chris Kaunas, for more information)
NSF & NIH Family-Friendly Initiatives
The NSF recently launched a Career-Life Balance Initiative which allows for:
- postponement for one year of grants because of childbirth or adoption
- grant suspension for parental leave
- supplementary funds to cover the cost of hiring research technicians to maintain laboratories when grant recipients are on family leave
- those serving on peer review panels to meet with their colleagues virtually, rather than in person, to reduce child-care needs created by travel
The NIH also has family-friendly initiatives which can be viewed here.
Work-Life Balance Literature
The ADVANCE Center maintains a database of literature related to Work-Life Balance. New citations will be added over time to broaden the scope of this resource. The citations are available via Texas A&M’s RefWorks database. RefWorks is a web based tool for collecting, accessing, organizing, citing, and sharing citations including articles, books, websites, and more. Learn more about RefWorks here. To access the Work-Life Balance database, click here.
Men and Work-Life Balance
Work-Life Balance is not just a woman’s issue. Please read Academic fathers pursuing tenure: A qualitative study of work-family conflict, coping strategies, and departmental culture from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Family Friendly Room
A Family Friendly Room is available in Blocker 529 (the ADVANCE Center). This room is available for lactation purposes or for those who need a space to be with their children while on campus. The room is equipped with a desk and computer, a small play area, toys, a comfortable chair, a microwave, and mini-fridge. A bathroom is located across the hall. Please contact Linda Stelly (979.845.1235) in the ADVANCE Center for access.
TAMU Workplace Lactation Program
Primary Care Travel Grants
If you are in the College of Science, you can apply for a small grant to cover additional travel costs associated with being the primary caregiver of an adult or child. Click here to access the Primary Care Travel Grant Form.
The area childcare centers listed below includes providers that some faculty have reported using for childcare. The list is neither comprehensive nor are the providers specifically endorsed by the ADVANCE Center.
A&M United Methodist Church Weekday School (6 Weeks)
Becky Gates Center (12 months)
Bullfrogs and Butterflies Childcare Center (8 weeks)
Covenant Presbyterian Children’s Center (6 weeks)
Peas in a Pod Learning Center (6 weeks)
Southwood Learning Center (18 months)
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish Child Development Center (6 Weeks)
WEE School at Parkway Baptist Church (6 weeks)
Some faculty have reported using the websites listed below to identify babysitters/nannies. The list is neither comprehensive nor are the sites/providers specifically endorsed by the ADVANCE Center.
TeenLife is a free resource for working parents with teens. Joining gives you access to all of their interactive online content plus a free subscription to Life with Teens, their new digital magazine just for parents of teenagers.
Texas Department of Family Protective Services
The Child Care Licensing Division at the Texas Department of Family Protective Services:
- regulates all child-care operations and child-placing agencies to protect the health, safety, and well-being of children in care, largely by reducing the risk of injury, abuse, and communicable disease;
- establishes and monitors operations and agencies for compliance with licensing standards, rules, and law;
- informs parents and the public about child care and about the histories of specific homes, child-care operations, and child-placing agencies in complying with minimum standards of care; and
- provides technical assistance to providers on meeting licensing standards, rules, and law.