College of Liberal Arts

Work-Life Balance

Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Faculty, students, and staff members often struggle to maintain a healthy balance between professional success and personal wellness. That is why I endorse the policies that make it easier for members of our community in the College of Liberal Arts to have both successful careers and fulfilling personal lives.

The University of Texas offers many resources and programs that support the physical and mental health of employees and students throughout their academic lives and professional careers. While these are often viewed as separate from the federal and state policies that legislate types of leave and other accommodations, we in the college believe that these policies and resources belong together in a holistic approach and commitment to the wellbeing of our entire community.

I encourage our faculty, students, and staff to become acquainted with these policies and to visit the Campus Life Health & Wellness page for more information on this important topic (link to Faculty members will also find important resources on the Family Matters page created by the Office of the Provost (link to This page provides detailed information on policies that will be of use to faculty members at different points in their career, including:

  • Extension of the Probationary Period
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Modification of Instructional Duties
  • Information on childcare, eldercare, health and wellness, sports and recreation, and much more

Staff members can use this page as a gateway to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Discount Program, and other useful resources.

Junior faculty often ask if there will be negative consequences for extending the probationary period or for receiving modification of instructional duties. Let me assure you all that I strongly endorse these important policies created for benefit of faculty and their families. College of Liberal Arts department chairs are well aware of the policies and their purpose, as are members of the Promotion and Tenure committee, and the Offices of the Provost and President. Faculty will not be penalized for taking advantage of these accommodations. 

I encourage our faculty and staff members to work with their chair or supervisor and with the college’s Human Resources office to identify, when the need arises, the course of action that will serve them best. Students should similarly explore options with their academic advisors and program coordinators.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to the wellbeing and success of our whole community, and I welcome all questions and comments that will help us make our university and our college supportive environments for both professional success and personal wellness.


Randy L. Diehl, Dean
David Bruton, Jr. Regents Chair in Liberal Arts



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