From The Atlantic comes word of a recent study, published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, that suggests that some university policies designed to be family friendly may have a detrimental effect on the paychecks of professors who use them.
Researchers at the Universities of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that faculty members who stopped the tenure clock for family reasons paid a price: Their pay was 3 to 4 percent lower the next year, even when there was no drop in scholarly productivity. Promotions were unaffected.
While male and female professors were both penalized, women still bore the brunt of pay penalties simply because men use the policies less than women do, Colleen Flaherty Manchester, one of study’s authors told The Atlantic.
While the findings aren’t all that surprising, they suggest that parents who use such policies are unfairly perceived as less productive and less dedicated to their work, and that simply having family-friendly policies in place isn’t enough to overcome such stereotypes.
Ironically, the way to overcome them, Manchester said, is for more professors to use the policies: “I think the more people [who] use the policy the more normative it is.”