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Provost's Office News & Events

Provost's Office News & Events

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  •  Update on the Faculty Work-Life Advisory Committee

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

    Dear Colleagues:

    As the fall term draws to a close, I want to provide a brief update on the University’s efforts to promote career flexibility and work-life balance, and summarize the accomplishments associated with the Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility. I want to thank all of those who supported this initiative, especially Don Dodson and the Faculty Work-life Advisory Committee, which played a critical role in the implementation of the award.
    We have much to celebrate. With support from the Sloan Award, the University:

    ·          Created programs and policies to encourage flexibility and balance, including competitive course releases for faculty research, non tenure-track faculty appointment policies, a tenure clock extension policy, a flexible course scheduling policy, and a modified duties policy
    ·          Developed better communication tools to showcase work-life resources, including a redesigned Faculty Development website, a Chair¹s Toolkit with information on career flexibility and work-life balance, and a Faculty Resources Brochure
    ·          Facilitated workshops with department chairs, academic administrators, and promotion and tenure committees to highlight the importance of career flexibility and work-life balance
    ·          Provided useful resources, including, work-life lunches and workshops, a work-life consultant, work-life coaching, and elder care coaching
    ·          Explored the need for additional work-life support through an analysis of faculty work-life balance by Laura Nichols (Sociology) and Kieran Sullivan (Psychology)

    Although the Sloan Award has reached its conclusion, the University will continue its efforts to promote work-life balance and career flexibility.

    We also need to celebrate the faculty who worked tirelessly to create an impressive array of policies, programs, and resources. My sincere thanks go to Linda Kamas (Economics), Jim Bennett (Religious Studies), Diane Dreher (English), Laura Ellingson (Communication), Pedro Hernández-Ramos (Education), Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering), Laura Nichols (Sociology), Chuck Powers (Sociology), Bill Prior (Philosophy), Kieran Sullivan (Psychology), Bill Sundstrom (Economics), and Eleanor Willemsen (Psychology).

    The Faculty Work-Life Advisory Committee has transitioned to an ad hoc committee of the Faculty Senate and is chaired by Eleanor Willemsen. This Committee will advise the Faculty Senate on work-life issues.  Eleanor will be communicating regularly with Eileen Razzari Elrod, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development, to ensure that the Provost’s Office continues to be informed of faculty work-life issues.
    I want to commend the entire University for promoting work-life balance and career flexibility in association with the Sloan Award and in other contexts. Should you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact Eleanor, Eileen or me.

    With best wishes for a joyful holiday,

    Dennis Jacobs
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Comes to SCU

    Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

    As part of an ongoing effort to promote work life balance, Human Resources and the Provost’s Office are pleased to report that the University entered into a pilot project with

 provides an accessible online resource to connect individual faculty and staff with vetted care providers. The company has a particular strength in child and senior care, but addresses the full lifecycle of care needs. The service enables individuals to search nationally to find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks, and references.
 also offers elder care planning and management. It provides individual consultations, research on provider options, comprehensive written care plans, access to a national credentialed provider network, rate negotiation, and assistance in identifying backup care.
    The idea for this partnership emerged through a series of work-life workshops that were sponsored by the Provost’s Office. During these sessions, a number of faculty and staff shared that it is difficult to find and retain qualified child and elder care providers. In hope of reducing this burden, the University sought out the help of Early indications suggest that users are satisfied with the resource.’s Senior Care Counseling program has been especially well-received. A number of employees have shared that they are grateful for the guidance the senior care counselors have provided.
    If you have not already done so, consider visiting the website. Access is free for all faculty and staff. Please visit and use your email address to register. If you have questions, contact Ed Ryan or Caroline Zelaya.
  •  Council on Aging Partnership

    Friday, Apr. 15, 2011

    Santa Clara University is pleased to announce a partnership with the Council on Aging Silicon Valley (COA) to offer a program designed for baby boomers, older adults, and family caregivers. COA’s Aging Education and Preparation (AEP) program includes two components: 

    • Educational Workshops: Workshops cover a wide range of topics related to aging, including guidance on making important decisions that will prepare you (or the older adults in your life) for a happy, independent, healthier lifestyle. Speakers include professional gerontologists, therapists, attorneys, physicians and nutritionists.
    • Private Consultation: Once you have attended the workshops, you will have a chance to meet with an aging consultants who can provide additional referrals and recommend the next steps in your specific aging journey. Consultation services only available to AEP enrollees.

    All of the workshop will take place at Santa Clara University. Enrollment is limited. To register, please call Danielle Myers-Rickard at COA at 408-350-3237. If you have questions, please feel free to email Ed Ryan at or the Council on Aging at


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