Family Friendly Policies

The University of Washington has an array of policies and programs designed to help academic personnel balance productive academic careers with satisfying personal lives.  Our goal is to support faculty through the various stages of life.

Partner Accommodations

If you are a new faculty member whose spouse or partner is looking for employment, the University can provide informal assistance. You can start the process by asking your unit director/chair or dean/chancellor’s office to help you identify appropriate positions at UW. Additionally, here is a list of resources for a self-directed job search in the Seattle area.

Jobs at the University of Washington

  • UW Faculty Jobs
  • UW Staff jobs
  • The UW Career Center on the Seattle campus offers limited fee-based services to the general public. The center’s Web site has a wealth of information about local employers and employment resources.

Tenure Extensions

Under special circumstances, such as increased family care responsibilities or a personal serious health condition, a faculty member may be able to temporarily stop their tenure clock. Generally, a year in which a faculty member works 50% or more for more than six months will count toward the promotion and tenure review clock. If the faculty member works less than that, the year will automatically be waived and will not count toward the promotion and tenure review clock. If life events have interrupted the regular dedication to teaching or scholarship, but the faculty member has maintained 50% employment, she or he may request that the year be waived from the tenure clock by applying through his or her department to the provost.

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