NSF Career Life Balance Policies and Programs and Lehigh

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Last year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the NSF career life balance initiative. In the February 2012 Manage Your Career Article The Next Step for Female Scientists by Mary Ann Mason, some disconnects between this initiative (including grant clock stop policies for PIs) and an institution's family leave benefits for faculty, graduate students and post-docs are explored. The author points out the move by NSF is important, but it is only the first step: Read also the NSF Dear Colleague Letter about the Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative. Lehigh's work-life policies for faculty include flexibility on the tenure clock for life-events, and evaluators must not increase expectations for meeting tenure for tenure candidates who receive extensions.