Work-Life Balance

The Irvine Division of the Academic Senate endorses in the strongest terms work-life balance in faculty careers. Such balance is integral to a healthy faculty culture and essential to advancing excellence in the mission of the University of California.

Family Resources
Resources for Living in Irvine *

The UCI ADVANCE Program produced a brochure that encompassed many resources for prospective and incoming UCI faculty that are new to the city of Irvine. Resources found in the brochure include housing information, childcare center, home loans information, history of Irvine, and history of Orange County.
External Link   Career Partner Program

The Career Partner Program is a cooperative agreement between the department and the Executive Vice Chancellor's office, attempting to locate academic positions for partners of newly recruited tenure-track faculty. In exceptional cases, this program may be used in the retention of current faculty.

External Link   Child Care Services

UCI faculty and staff have numerous options for child care services.

External Link   SitterCity

Sittercity provides UC employees with access to local, pre-screened caregivers, and the tools (including reviews, references and back-ground checks) to review and select the caregiver of their choice.

External Link   Regents Point

UCI Human Resources and UCI Emeriti Association have partnered with External Link Regents Point to offer UCI emeriti, retirees, and the family members of active employees priority consideration for admission and a discount of up to 50% on the entrance fee. Regents Point is a continuing care retirement community that offers multiple living options including residential living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care.

External Link   Lactation Accommodation Guidelines

Lactation Station Locations:
  • External Link  Health Education Center
  • Biological Sciences
    BioSci Facilities offers a lactation room in McGaugh Hall, room 1301. The room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The room is locked from the inside when occupied.
  • Social Ecology
    Social Ecology offers a lacation room in Social Ecology I, Room 261. Users may visit the front desk of the Social Ecology Student Services Suite (SE I, Room 102) to check out a key.
Senate Statement on Work-Life Balance

Written by the Special Senate Committee on Diversity, the Senate Statement describes the family-friendly policies that the University of California provides for faculty.

The UCI ADVANCE Program has produced a brochure* which also details the Academic Senate's Statement on Work-Life Balance.
External Link   The UC Faculty Family Friendly Edge  

The UC Faculty Family Friendly Edge is an initiative designed to develop and implement a comprehensive package of innovative work-family policies and programs for ladder-rank faculty in the UC system. The Faculty Family Friendly Edge will promote the recruitment and retention of the best and the brightest, help all members of the university community achieve their fullest potential as scholars and teachers, and greatly contribute to the continued excellence of the University of California.
External Link   UC Families

UC Families is an online newsletter and resource for faculty, staff, and students at University of California campuses who are balancing academic goals or careers with family life. The website provides resources on UC campuses, UC-wide policy and benefits information, and archives of past advice and discussions. Subscribers can post questions or engage in discussions on topics such as managing work and family, planning the optimal time to start a family, finding advice on progressing academically as a student parent, returning to academia after having a baby, or advocating for flexible work arrangements.
External Link   UC Family Friendly Policies for Faculty and Other Academic Appointees

The University of California has established policies and programs to assist faculty and other academic appointees in balancing the needs of work and family. This web site provides summaries of these family friendly policies and programs.

The Office of the President is pleased to announce that revised family friendly policies have been finalized and are effective retroactive to January 1, 2006. Some of the major changes to these policies include:

  • Identifying in one policy section, APM 760, the types of family accommodations available for childbearing and childrearing purposes.
  • Extending the period of active service-modified duties for birth mothers.
  • Providing guidance on part-time appointments.
  • Clarifying that academic appointees shall not be arbitrarily disadvantaged in their promotion, advancement, or compensation because they have elected to take a childbrearing or parental leave, to stop the clock, or to defer a personnel review.

The revised policies are below:

APM 760 (Family Accommodations for Childbearing and Childrearing)*

APM 133-17-g (Computation of Years of Service)*

APM 210-1-c(4) (Instructions to Review Committees)*

APM 220-10, -16-c, -16-d, -18-b, and Appendix B (Appointment and Promotion: Professor Series)*


Housing Information
External Link  Faculty and Staff Housing Office
        Rental Office: (949) 824-6254

The Faculty and Staff Housing Office helps new UCI Personnel and visiting academics find housing, either on campus or in the community. On-campus resources include 100 two- and three-bedroom rental units in Las Lomas faculty/staff apartments, a small number of one-bedroom condominiums for rent in University Hills, and homes for sale in University Hills (described below).

The housing office also maintains apartment guides for Irvine and nearby cities and a listing of community rentals, (furnished and unfurnished, long- and short-term) to meet a wide range of housing needs. In addition, it provides general information and relocation materials such as area maps, school district brochures, motel and hotel lists, and car rental information.
External Link  Irvine Campus Housing Authority
        Sales Office: (949) 824-7345

The Irvine Campus Housing Authority (ICHA) administers University Hills, a sizable on-campus residential community that includes approximately 1180 owner-occupied residences, including single-family homes, apartments, town homes, and condominiums.

Homes in University Hills are priced moderately and are available to UCI faculty and staff. To ensure that the homes remain affordable, their price appreciation is limited to the rate of increase in certain cost-of-living indexes. The land is leased to homeowners at a reasonable annual rate, and any appreciation in the home's value is shared at the time it is resold.
External Link  City of Irvine's Housing Resources

The City of Irvine's website provides a list of affordable housing resources in Orange County including, Rent Assistance, Fair Housing, Temporary Housing, Housing Assistance, and Community Support Services.
External Link  Location Orange County

What is it like to live in Orange County? This site will tell you about finding a house, car and schools; arts, culture and recreation; our business climate.


Other UCI Resources
External Link  Instructional Resource Center

Our goal is to support UCI's learning mission by providing teaching consultation, pedagogical development, instructional technology, and classroom support.
External Link  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center
        (949) 824-3277

The UCI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center provides support information and referrals about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual issues.
External Link  Policies & Procedures

UC Irvine'scentralized location for campus and systemwide policy and delegation of authority information.
Tenure Handbook *

The Tenure Handbook is a document that describes the process of advancement and promotion at the University of California, Irvine, and is intened to highlight more informally than the Academic Personnel Manual key aspects of procedures. It includes summaries of University policies and provides advice about strategies for advancement and promotion.


Additional Readings
List of Additional Readings

Additional articles revolving around subjects of diversity and gender equity for perusing.