Faculty maternity leave

Cynthia J. Mesh (cmesh@connectnet.com)
Wed, 05 Aug 1998 08:55:05 -0700

My name is Cynthia Mesh. I'm a former tenure-track French professor,
currently working as an independent scholar in southern California and
caring for my two small children. I'm embarking on a study of faculty
maternity leave - and the lack thereof - and its correlation to retention
and promotion of female tenure-track faculty members (and more generally,
its correlation to tenure-track and tenured female faculty satisfaction and

I have been searching high and low for extensive studies (or any studies) of
faculty maternity leave, and have so far come up with very little. Does
anyone know of studies done (preferably within the last 5 years) on this
topic, or even tangentially related to it?

(I have already contacted the Office of Women at ACE and the Project on the
Status & Education of Women at AACU, among other organizations and have
found that they have almost nothing related to this issue.)

I'd appreciate any bibliographic references or contacts I might make that
would help me review the existing literature.

Thank you in advance!

Cynthia Mesh, Ph.D.

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