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criteria for promotion

nishir at ohsu.edu nishir at ohsu.edu
Wed Aug 18 19:18:35 EST 1993

Hi!  This message came in on the E-mail to me, and I am posting it in case
anyone would like to comment.  I've noticed that some people are responding as
though I think it's a good idea to give women a break in tenure reviews if they
have children. It's just one idea that has been floating around along with
other affirmative action ideas. I have not committed myself to any particular
line of thought.  I thought it would be good to make a decision based upon what
others said (and what I think)...

PLEASE DON'T E-MAIL ME.  I'd rather read your opinion here, and I think that
anything you have to say should be shared with everyone else.  

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Why is it that the woman is the only one considered in taking care of the 
newborn?  Are fathers helpless?  You said that the woman's hours were
limited to daycare hours, as if Dad were not capable of taking care of  juinor.
 I had two children, one following each higher degree.  I worked
late nights, all night sometimes, and a few times worked around the clock.
My husband was perfectly capable of dealing with bottles, diapers, crying,
and spit-up.  If a couple wants chidlren, both parents have to raise
the child.  The problem is to marry someone capable of taking on this
responsibility, and maybe what we have to do is train young women to
clearly understand that this a an absolutely necessary trait which any
potential mate must have.  Why marry someone if they aren't going to shoulder
their half of the child-rearing?

With respect to criteria for promotion, now that I've gotten the above response
out of the way, is that there does have to be some clause that
allows professional people to have extra time to satisfy promotion criteria
if they have a child.  You can't reduce the requirements for promotion, 
just because a couple has a child.  In Sweden, for example, both parents
get parental leave - not always full time leave for both parents at the same
time, but so the parenting duties are shared.  In fact, parenting leave 
doesn't apply just to when the couple has a baby, it applies to the whole
childhood period, to take care of doctor appointments, dentist, teacher
conferences, school activities and so forth.  It seems a much more
supportive and SANE approach to the whole childhood situation.  

Elaine Ingham  inghame at bcc.orst.edu

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