Best Practices: Modified Service Policies

Sometimes a caregiver does not need a full-time reprieve from work. Often it is possible to continue working with a mix of modified working expectations.

  • Use technology as an adaptive tool (telecommuting, online teaching, online advising, database of emergency lectures and quality, topical films)
  • Create a pool of substitute faculty (who can come from existing faculty pool) who receive a stipend per substitution
  • Formalized short-term modified service:
    • Service commitment reductions without formal or informal repercussion or penalty
    • Last between one day and one semester or quarter
  • Formalized long-term modified service:
    • Service commitment reductions without formal or informal repercussion or penalty
    • Last three semesters or quarters, or longer
    • Half pay with no teaching
    • Full pay with half teaching
    • Additional semesters available unpaid
    • Graduation and tenure clock extensions or suspensions
      • Forced-stop clock for anyone taking leave to prevent inadvertent advantages in secondary caregiver situations
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