The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Budig Appointed Vice Provost for Faculty Development

Michelle Budig | UMass Amherst Sociology

Michelle Budig was appointed vice provost for faculty development, effective September 1, 2018. Her primary responsibilities will be in creating an array of faculty development programming and systems for both tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty in the areas of scholarship and creative activity, leadership and professional development, mentoring, and faculty recognition.

Budig, who joined the sociology faculty as an assistant professor in 2001, studies labor market inequalities, wage penalties for paid and unpaid caregiving, work-family policy, and nonstandard employment. She is currently co-principal investigator (PI) on a grant from the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation to examine the impact of motherhood on women’s earnings and variation in the motherhood penalty by ethnic and religious group membership. Budig has been PI on grants from the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. In 2007-08, she was a Humboldt Foundation Fellow appointed to the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, to investigate cross-national differences in family policies and their relation to women’s employment outcomes. She served on the advisory board for MPIDR’s Cross-national Demographic Policy Database.

Budig’s scholarship has received numerous awards. She is a past recipient of the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations, the World Bank/Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award, the American Sociological Association Family Section Best Article Award, and (twice) the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Research Excellence in Families and Work. In 2016, she received the inaugural Dean’s Research Excellence Award in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). She has provided expert testimony on the gender pay gap and the motherhood wage penalty to the U.S. Congressional Joint Economic Commission and the Massachusetts legislature. She has served on the editorial boards for a number of leading peer-reviewed journals in sociology, including the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Social Problems, and Social Politics.

Budig has served in a variety of administrative roles, on and off campus. She recently completed a term as the sociology department chair. She also served as sociology’s undergraduate program director, the associate director of the Social and Demographic Research Institute, an advisory board member for ISSR, and as a member of the SBS Research Council, Faculty Senate Status of Women Council, and the SBS college personnel committee. At the national level, she has served in a number of elected positions, including as an executive board member for the Work-Family Researchers Network, member of the Committee on Committees of the American Sociological Association, a council member of the Family and Sex and Gender sections of the American Sociological Association, and chair of the Erwin O. Smigel Award committee for the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

» Click here to read more.

August 21, 2018