Several types of leave are available to eligible FAS faculty. FAS faculty can take short term-time absences if necessary. Eligible faculty can also take leaves for research purposes, for family (including parental) or medical reasons, for personal reasons, or for public service. Depending on the type of leave and the circumstances, leaves may be paid or unpaid, and not all faculty are eligible for every kind of leave.
In some cases, extensions of appointment may be available in connection with a leave. Parental teaching relief is also available to eligible faculty who are new parents, and co-teaching arrangements may be possible for new or expecting parents.
For more information, please see the table below and Chapter 3 ("Absences, Leaves, and Extensions of Appointment") of the FAS Appointment and Promotion Handbook.
Faculty considering a leave should contact the assistant dean for faculty affairs in their academic division (the Arts and Humanities, the Social Sciences, Science) or in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The assistant dean can answer any questions, talk through options, and provide support throughout the process.
TIP: For information on dependent care resources and applying for dependent care funds, please see the "Dependent Care" tab on the "Work/Life & Benefits" page of this website.