Northeastern has a number of policies, programs and resources intended to help faculty members balance the responsibilities of their personal and professional lives. Faculty members with questions about accessing policies specific to faculty appointments are welcome to consult with the associate deans with responsibility for faculty affairs in the colleges or with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Human Resources Management (617-373-2230) administers and provides information on Northeastern’s childcare program, Family and Medical Leave procedures, and other benefits programs.

Language skills and cultural competence are crucial for establishing and maintaining successful international collaborations. Cultural competence is defined as the skills, knowledge, and connections that enable faculty to actively engage in international academic environments and collaborations. Faculty members, both domestic and international, routinely note the importance of language and cultural knowledge when working abroad.

Cultural competence for both women and men is also crucial in ethnically and culturally diverse institutions, such as Northeastern, where many faculty members come from international settings and have different cultural experiences or expectations in their professional environments. These differences between faculty members might pose constraints on women by limiting their social networks and promoting harmful gender stereotypes.