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Question #78660 posted on 08/10/2014 10:54 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In Board Question #78027, Margurite St. Just answered questions about some of the personal qualifications one must have to become an Institute or Seminary teacher. Are those qualifications also expected of BYU Profs?

Her answers below:

"If a woman is hired and has kids, then she could no longer be a teacher. You do have to be married (or at least engaged at the time of hire) if you're a man. They used to hire single men, but discontinued that practice not too many years ago.

If an employee is divorced, he or she can no longer be a teacher (though I've heard S&I is often very good at helping the person find other employment within the Church)."

If the same qualifications are expected of BYU profs... I'm curious as to how it is applied. So if a women professor at BYU has children or gets pregnant, she has to resign from her position to ensure she's taking care of her children? Is that correct? (I hope that's not true... but I had to ask). If it is true, at what age do the children have to be in order for the female professor to come back to work? And if it is true (though I hope it isn't), why does BYU do this? I've read the Proclamation to the Family, but... why would BYU force a women to be a stay-at-home mom? Isn't that between the spouses and the Lord? What if it was best for that family to have their father be a stay-at-home dad for that particular period in their lives? (Like the dad was out of a job, but the mother was able to land a job as a BYU prof).


--Liquid Paper

P.S. This answer isn't directed at Margurite St. Just (though it could be if she chooses to answer it) so anyone can answer.


Dear Liquid Paper,

No, female professors do not have to resign if they have children or get pregnant. While I was in school, a female professor in the chemistry department was pregnant, had her baby, then came back and continued to teach after maternity leave.

Such a policy would be ridiculous and possibly illegal. If it were real, I imagine it would bring lawsuits and unwanted negative attention to BYU.



Dear Liquid,

This is most definitely not a thing. I have had two female professors bring their small children to class on occasion. 

The Soulful Ginger