I wanted to share this post by ScienceWoman, because it addresses an issue that many of us young scientists are concerned with. The post is this: Ask ScienceWoman: What are your work hours? Can I be a professor part time?
One thing that sciencewoman doesn’t talk about is being a professor at an institution that is not as research oriented. I’m sure the workweeks are still pretty busy at a place where your teaching load is 3 or 4 courses a semester, but there are other options as well. A woman I know somewhat is a science professor at a 4-year institution that caters to students such as those who are the first from their family to go to college. It is teaching focused, but she has lab space and is encouraged to work on research as well. I do not think she got much research money as part of her start-up package, so she is responsible for finding her own funding for research, and teaching is definitely the main thing. She is also a mom, and the last time I spoke to her I thought she said she was going to campus maybe 3 or 4 days a week. I’m pretty sure her daughter is not in full-time daycare. I wish I knew more about her situation, because it seems very appealing to me, but she is the wife of one of my husband’s long-time friends, and I don’t see her that often. But I just wanted to talk about this a little bit, to flesh out some more of the options that I believe are out there for people like the one who wrote to sciencewoman.