April 10, 2012 8:25 AM Subscribe
Timing of pregnancy - pre or post-tenure?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We are considering having a second child. I'm going to be starting a tenure-track position in the fall. I'm entering with a record that indicates that I could go up for tenure quite early (chair & dean confirm). (I'm 3/4th of the way there with papers already published & have many things in submission. It is possible that I could go up in 3 years.) By all accounts, department is very family friendly.
Some of my academic mommy mentors says: "Have baby now while you have this running start."
Other says that I can either go up for tenure early OR have a baby pre-tenure, but probably not both.
It wouldn't be the end of the world to not go up early, but I'd like your opinion on this too.
So, would you get pregnant sooner or later under these circumstances?
- I'm still in my early 30s (I don't think that I'll have fertility issues, but you never know)
- Child 1 is 4 years old (we're in the trenches already, have some of the gear still, closer in age could play together, etc.)
- I have a buffer of publications as described above
- I could wait ~3 years and ENSURE that I have tenure locked down
- I'll have more time to build a reputation
- I'll have more knowledge of how to make this work within the department politics and more credibility with department
- My topic is hot right now and might not be as hot in 5 years, so it could be argued that I should ride the wave as much as I can early on
- I didn't get much done in my last pregnancy/first year of babyhood
- We'll be more settled - financially, time-balance, etc.
- Child 1 will be more self-sufficient than now
What would you do?
(Would prefer comments from those that are familiar with tenure track pressure/politics please. Although general comments like "Ha! Kids aren't more self-sufficient at age 8, you idiot!" are fine.)