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Workshop on the Arc of the Academic Research Career:
Issues and Implications for U.S. Science and Engineering Leadership


September 9, 2013  – September 10, 2013
National Academy of Sciences Building – Room 120
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC

On September 9-10, 2013, we hosted a workshop that explored critical stress points in an academic career. The focus was on career entry, the tenure decision, and retirement. These transition points have been recognized as particularly difficult periods for faculty and administrators. This workshop brought together experts on the problems associated with each of these career points with the intention of developing a holistic understanding of how policies specific to each area have implications for the others. The workshop also included presentations about universities that have developed innovative approaches to these problems and discussions by education leaders about opportunities for other actions that could relieve stress on the faculty and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of university operations. 


September 9, 2013
8:30 AM
Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Overview of Challenges to U.S. Universities and Academic Science and Engineering Careers
Shirley Malcom
Director of Education and Human Resources Programs, AAAS
The Demographic Context
Robert Hauser
Former Director, Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin
  Donna Ginther Professor of Economics, University of Kansas
Getting Started: Early Career Bottleneck
Henry Sauermann

Assistant professor, strategic management, Ernest Scheller, Jr., College of Business, Georgia Tech
Mary Ann Mason Co-director Center for Economics & Family Security, UC-Berkeley School of Law
Donna Ginther
Professor of Economics, University of Kansas
Lunch Break
1:00 PM
The Family v. The Workplace: Mid-Career Priorities
Cathy Trower

Research Director, Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, Harvard School of Education 
Carol Hoffman 

Associate Provost and Director of Work/Life program, Columbia University
Beautiful Sunsets: A Fulfilling Late-career Transition
Marc Goulden

Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare, UC-Berkeley, Conducted study of UC Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program
Ann Franke

President of Wise Results, LLC, author of paper on legal issues regarding retirement for American Council on Education
Valerie Martin Conley

Professor of Counseling and Higher Education, Co-director, Center for Higher Education, Ohio University (conducted study of retirement for AAUP)
September 10, 2013
Chairman’s Opening Remarks
9:00 AM
Reports from the Field: Examples of Innovative Approaches
Joan Girgus

Professor of Psychology, Special Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty on Gender Equity, Princeton University
Janette Brown

Executive Director of the Emeriti Center, University of Southern California; Executive Director, Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE)
Edie Goldenberg Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science and the Arts; Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Opportunities for Action
R. Michael Tanner

Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Manfred Philipp
Professor of Chemistry, Lehman College; Former chair, University Faculty Senate; President, CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences 
Claire van Ummersen
Senior Advisor, Institutional Leadership Group, American Council on Education
  John Tully
Sterling Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Yale University