Consequences of Tenure-Clock Extensions for Parents in Academia



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This thesis seeks to examine the potential consequences of tenure-clock extensions for parents in academia. I first propose that tenure-clock extensions will be associated with a longer period of time taken for faculty members to be promoted to the rank of full professor. In addition, I also propose that tenure-clock extensions are associated with a decrease in scholarly productivity. With the birth of a child, faculty may take on additional family responsibilities that decrease their availability for scholarly activities, however women are likely to be affected to a greater extent due to their primary role as a caregiver. My study indicated that tenure-clock extensions are not significantly related to time to promotion to full professor, but they are associated with a significant decrease in productivity.