COVID-19 Faculty Resources

TIGERS Advance: Transforming the Institution through Gender Equity, Retention and Support, is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded innovative and systematic institutional transformation approach to reduce gender inequality and improve opportunities for all early and mid-career faculty at Clemson. Early evidence suggests changes in work routines necessary to address the coronavirus pandemic have had a greater impact on women’s scholarly productivity, including article submissions and publications, raising concerns that the crisis will widen the gender gap in academic careers.  

TIGERS Advance is here to support junior faculty who face new challenges as a result of the daunting circumstances presented by the pandemic. The purpose of this page is to offer information, resources, and best practices to support faculty in achieving successful academic careers in the face of COVID-19 disruptions.

Probationary Period Extension Requests

Clemson is offering a one-year extension of the pre-tenure probationary period (tenure clock) for “interruptions arising specifically from COVID-19.”  The policy already exists in the Faculty Manual (Chapter 5, C3.b.v.(2)(b)) and applies to the consideration of probationary period extension requests made by tenure-track faculty due to situations involving family leave or emergency, serious illness or “other special circumstances.” In this case, COVID-19 is described as a University-wide disruption meeting the criteria.

More information, including the special COVID-19 extension request form and the MEMO from the Provost and Faculty Senate President, is available on the Provost’s website. Faculty are encouraged to submit requests by March 1, 2021 in order to have final approvals in time to plan appropriate annual review cycle calendars. Questions about the process should be directed to Amy Lawton-Rauh, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs (

Family Leave Policy

For those personally impacted by COVID-19, Federal law entitles eligible faculty and staff members to take unpaid, job-protected leave for an approved period of time for a qualifying reason, including serious health conditions.

If you are unable to work because of a serious health condition or you need to care for a spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition, you may qualify under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). More information can be found on the Leave Benefits section of the Human Resources website.


The Clemson University Early Childhood Education Center will accommodate children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years for full-time care. The center is now accepting enrollment interest forms.

Bright Horizons, a national child care provider, will operate the day-to-day functions of the center. You can visit their website to learn more about the facility and curriculum, find answers to frequently asked questions, and download the enrollment interest form.

The center will operate under enhanced protocols to ensure the safety of children, parents, and staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Details of their updated health and safety practices are described in a video available on their website.

Resources & Recommendations

Clemson Caregiver Resource Guide compiled by the Caregivers Task Force (Clemson)

COVID-19 Resource Guide from ASPIRE: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty

Coronavirus Information from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Recommendations for COVID-19 Response from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

Best Practices for Inclusive Remote Meetings from the AGU Ethics and Equity Center

Gender in Zoom Meetings (New York Times)

NCFDD Professional development resources from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (use Clemson credentials to access this site-licensed resource)