By Robin Brooks
Micaela Parker and Sarah Stone, eScience Institute managers, have been profiled in the quarterly edition of Oceanography (volume 29, edition 2), a publication of The Oceanography Society. Parker and Stone’s role is unique in the University of Washington community, because it is the first management job share.
Though some cutting of red tape was required, the pair was hired, and in their role they have helped scientists develop research tools and provided data science training for students.
Parker and Stone’s shared responsibilities allow them to strike a balance between their fulfilling work and family lives.
According to the Oceanography article, they, “hope their stories will inspire more women in science to push for administrative policy changes that increase job flexibility and awareness of the challenges faced by women in caregiver roles.”
This flexibility seems to be working for them – it was announced post-publication that the pair has been promoted – jointly – to co-executive directors of the Institute.