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June 21, 2004

Grant to examine how faculty are affected by dual ladder career tracks

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Researchers at the University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women (CEW) will generate new information on the employment conditions and worklife of non-tenure track faculty with a three-year, $473,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The project is a part of the Sloan Foundation's current program on the dual career ladder for faculty. Dual ladders is a term used to describe the different career paths and work-life experiences of tenure and non-tenure-track faculty in higher education.

CEW will survey institutions of higher education regarding work conditions for non- tenure-track faculty. The grant will also support efforts to improve the academic workplace by establishing a central clearinghouse to facilitate information sharing between institutions and offer a means to compare policies and practices from similar institutions. In addition to on-demand information made available through the Academic Workforce and Dual Ladder Clearinghouse project, staff will develop four print pieces designed for academic administrators, researchers, higher education groups that train new administrators, and other specific audiences in addressing the issues of the dual ladder in the academic workplace.

The Center for the Education of Women, a U-M resource for 40 years, is open to everyone, whether affiliated with U-M or a member of the local community. Professional counselors offer assistance in exploring career options related to employment and education. CEW also provides programs, scholarships, a library collection and ongoing research and advocacy related to women and gender.

For more information about the program, visit: http://www.sloan.org/programs/stndrd_dualcareer.shtml

For more about the center, visit: http://www.umich.edu/~cew/welcome.html

Contact: Eilisha Dermont
Phone: (734) 998-7080
E-mail: edermont@umich.edu