A reader asks:
“To all you tenured and tenure-track Scatterplotters, how does your university handle the issue of leaves of absence for male faculty members who become parents during the academic year? Do you have paternity leave? If yes, does the policy differ from the maternity leave policy? At my university, only female faculty members who physically give birth are entitled to paid leave (by deploying accumulated sick days). This doesn’t cover a whole semester, but departments generally step-up and release female faculty members from teaching for a semester, in exchange for some increased administrative duties. Males are only entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave (per Federal law).”
I’m perhaps a little embarrassed to admit that I have no idea what the paternal leave policy is Northwestern (or what it was at Madison when I was there).