Maternity leave experiences and policy workflows at the University of Dayton have not been formally reviewed since the creation of an all benefit-eligible employee paid maternity leave policy in 2017. This study examines the lived experience of faculty and staff who have taken maternity leave since the implementation of the policy and faculty, staff, and supervisor perceptions of the current leave policies and workflows. Interviews and surveys found a need for clearer documentation in policies, an expansion of parental leave for the non-birth parent, and supervisory support. The report concludes with recommendations based on this research for implementing updates to the parental leave policies and communication and training strategies.
Faculty maternity leave, University of Dayton, Catholic higher education
Educational Leadership | Family, Life Course, and Society | Higher Education Administration
University of Dayton Women's and Gender Studies Program; University of Dayton Women's Center; University of Dayton Provost
Beis, Christina A.; Harris, Kayla; and Campana, Gabby, "Policy and Practice: Evaluating Workflows and Communication for Maternity Leave at the University of Dayton" (2022). Reports from the Gender Equity Research Fellowship. 7.