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Alternatives-to-Teaching Duties Associated With the Birth or Adoption of a Child

Tenure-track and tenured academic year faculty, who have substantial responsibility for the care of a newborn child or a child placed for adoption, may request an alternative work assignment for one semester or the balance of the semester in which the birth or adoption occurs. The alternative assignment may begin three months prior to the birth or adoption but must conclude within twelve months of the birth or adoption.

The alternative assignment may substitute for up to the faculty member’s full teaching load. No faculty member will be penalized for making use of this policy. Please be aware that during the alternative work assignment, a faculty member is not eligible for overload compensation.

Examples of Alternative-to-Teaching Duties Options:

Departmental options for covering the faculty member’s courses may include reassigning the course to another qualified departmental faculty member as part of their normal load, assigning the course to a faculty member as an overload, hiring adjunct faculty, canceling the course, or rescheduling the course in a different semester. The cost for one course from a resulting overload or adjunct hire will be funded by the Provost’s Office.


For More Information

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 581-1581 if you need additional information or have questions about this policy or the process.

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Contact Information

Office of Human Resources
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207)581-1581E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System