Flexibility at Work
Mary Rose

Mary Rose, associate professor of sociology and law, says The University of Texas at Austin’s family-friendly policies benefit her family in multiple ways, every day.

After the birth of her second child in April 2009, Dr. Rose took the summer off and then took advantage of Modified Instructional Duties (MID) for the fall semester. During her leave, she worked on research projects, advised students and continued her work on the department’s executive committee (even bringing the baby to meetings as necessary). Hiring a sitter for a few hours three days a week helped protect time for research, but “the flexibility of the MID policy made this arrangement and my other work doable,” she says. “It was great to have the choice to spend time with my son when he was so young.”

Mary Rose

Dr. Rose also credits an early version of the Dual Career Hiring program for its impact on her professional and personal life. When her husband, Dr. Marc Musick, was hired as an assistant professor of sociology in 1999, Dr. Rose was commuting to Austin from the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. “UT was very supportive in helping me find a position,” says Dr. Rose, who began her appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology in 2002.

Being able to send her two children to the University’s Child Development Center is the biggest benefit of all, she says. “It really is one of the best in the city, with a stimulating environment and amazing teachers who do this work out of dedication. Both my husband and I can be more productive and feel more comfortable knowing that our children are so well taken care of.

UT has really made great strides in its support of families since my time here, and I commend them on their continued work on these policies that really do make a difference.