RAMP-UP! at Rensselaer: Faculty Resources

A variety of resources are available to faculty for reviewing policies affecting work-life, tenure and promotion. Each of these tools can assist faculty with various concerns regarding their professional life at Rensselaer. Comprehensive policy descriptions are available in the Institute's Faculty Handbook and Promotion & Tenure Guide.

Tech Valley Connect

Tech Valley Connect, Inc. is an innovative program designed to meet the needs of relocating professionals in the Capital Region. This initiative was piloted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with the support of the NSF (National Science Foundation) Advance Grant and covers a broad spectrum including; spousal employment, family assimilation, cultural transition programming, and a strategic volunteer initiative. In addition, newcomers are introduced to venues and other professionals through structured networking and social events along with connections to local resources. Each family is unique in terms of the service they require to support and connect them to their new community.

Tech Valley Connect is a confidential oasis of information and support where these families can go to for the first year after relocating to the Capital Region. [More Information]

Day Care Policies

Day Care services are available through the Samaritan Child Care Center. The center is open from 6:30am until 5:30pm, and offers care for children between eight weeks old and kindergarten age. It is a not-for-profit organization licensed by the New York State Department of Social Services. In a recent internal survey, 50% of women on the Rensselaer campus reported utilizing this policy.

Rensselaer now partners with A New England Nanny for its Pinch Hitter backup dependent care services. Pinch Hitter is a work-family initiative for Rensselaer faculty and staff with dependents that provides in-home care when regular day care providers are unavailable. The fee is $3.00 per hour with a minimum of four hours of care required and payment for travel time to and from the residence where services are provided. Care is limited to five consecutive days at a time.

Parental Leave

Rensselaer's guidelines for administering parental leave for Tenure Faculty comply with the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that mandates up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave during any 12-month period. Rensselaer Faculty can also elect to take an additional semester of teaching relief at half pay for parental leave.

As of July 1, 2008, Rensselaer offers childbirth, parental, and family leave for graduate students under a new policy designed to help them pursue their academic goals while at the same time accommodating to changing family circumstances. ["INSIDE Rensselaer" Article, April 2008]