Faculty Parental Leave

Parental leave is available to members of the teaching faculty holding a permanent (tenure-track/tenured or lecturer/senior lecturer) position, or to full-time visiting faculty starting in their second consecutive year of service and who will be under contract with Mount Holyoke for the duration of the leave.  Eligible faculty may receive a reduction of two courses to be taken either during a single semester or to be spread over two consecutive semesters without loss of salary or benefits.

Policy

All full-time, continuing employees at Mount Holyoke College have access to Paid Family Leave. For staff, this is six weeks of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child, plus access to accrued vacation time for up to a total of 12 weeks paid leave. Aware that faculty schedules, research programs, and student learning do not conform well to the possible need for mid-semester parental leaves, the College has devised a paid parental leave with the particular needs of faculty, students, and the College in mind.

Parental leave at Mount Holyoke College for a full-time, continuing member of the teaching faculty is a reduction of two courses to be taken either during a single semester or to be spread over two consecutive semesters without loss of salary or benefits. Parental leave must be taken within twelve months of the birth of a child or the placement of a child for adoption or foster care. In the case of multiple births or adoptions, an additional course reduction will apply for each additional child. Only one leave is available per family per child if both parents are Mount Holyoke faculty members. For couples who wish to share parenting responsibilities equally, this leave could be split between two parents, taken as course reductions, with corresponding reductions in other responsibilities.

Eligibility

Parental leave is available to members of the teaching faculty holding a permanent (tenuretrack/tenured or lecturer/senior lecturer) position who make a commitment to return to work at Mount Holyoke College at the end of their leave.  Parental leave is also available to full-time visiting faculty starting in their second consecutive year of (full-time) service and who will be under contract with Mount Holyoke for the duration of the leave.

Faculty members must complete an application form with the Dean of Faculty‘s office, affirming that she or he is an equal or primary caregiver for the child and will use the leave to engage in carework activities. Parental leave should be requested as far in advance as possible and practical to allow for department planning, but at least one month prior to the beginning of the leave.

Other Information

Parental Leave will not count as semesters of service towards a paid sabbatical leave.

The tenure clock will be delayed for one year per birth or placement/adoption event when parental leave is taken, unless the faculty member informs the Dean of Faculty otherwise.

Leave associated with medical conditions during pregnancy is distinct from parental leave and should be addressed as any other medical leave by notifying the Dean of Faculty.