Work Life

A number of policies, laws, and campus resources are available to assist faculty, staff and students in balancing their needs between work and family. Resources for breastfeeding, parental leave, tuition reduction and more are available.

Use for FREE! Using OSU's portal you can search for care providers near you without paying membership costs, and have access to view thousands of provider profiles and references, and have the ability to request background checks. is more than just child care; you can also find elder care, pet sitting and housekeeping services.

Flexible Work Arrangements

OSU is committed to being a great place to work, learn and flourish; and to create and sustain healthy environments that enable community members to live productive, balanced and engaged lives. In an effort to confirm this commitment, OSU supports the use of flexible work arrangements (FWA) in situations where there is a mutual benefit to the employee and university. Flexible Work Strategy Toolkit for Units and Supervisors: This toolkit is intended to supplement the following guidance and provides a more in-depth look at how units and supervisors can create, implement, and communicate a strategy for FWA in their departments as well as provides tools for supporting a flexible work culture within teams.

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center advocates for and provides quality programming and services to all OSU families with dependent care needs to support the academic, professional and personal growth and success of the whole person. Learn about resources, from various childcare opportunities to campus lactation rooms to elder care. 

Toolkits and Resource Guides

A variety of toolkits and resource guides, from information for new parents, eldercare resources, toolkits for academic administrators on creating a family-friendly department and more.

Health & Wellness

OSU has many health & wellness programs and services available to eligible employees and students.

Faculty Candidate Interviews

In an effort to support work-life balance, OSU offers faculty candidates the opportunity to meet with Christina Schaaf, the Work-Life Coordinator, to discuss their unique concerns.  Christina is available to answer questions about the availability of university and community resources, such as employment, dependent care, housing, or other issues related to the candidates’ needs, partners and families.

Dual Career Couples

There are various resources for dual-career couples at OSU, from the ability to apply for internal postings, to accessing the Greater Oregon Higher Education Recruitment Consortium free job board to explore employment at other institutions of higher education within the greater Oregon and southern Washington region.

Work-Life Consultations and Presentations

The Work-Life Coordinator is available to meet with individuals and department administrators about their work-life needs, such as elder care, child care, time management, and work-life balance. Christina is also available to present to campus groups.