In 2012, IUSM participated in a national awards competition sponsored by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation—The Sloan Awards for Faculty Career Flexibility—in collaboration with the American Council on Education (ACE). In order to be considered for the award, each participating institution administered a survey gauging faculty understanding of and experiences with institutional work-life policies.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Several areas of opportunity were identified, including communication and education about institutional policies; increased support for dependent caregiving demands; and part-time and senior faculty engagement. As a result of this work, IUSM was one of five schools in the U.S. to receive the $250,000 award to enhance promising practices for faculty career flexibility at their institution. This funding was used to explore ways to engage senior and emeritus faculty, dual career hiring, and revise the School’s standards of excellence for promotion and tenure to better reflect current demands on faculty in research, service, and teaching.