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Dual Career Information for Candidates

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Dual Careers at the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia recognizes that employment decisions often involve two careers. As a member of a dual career couple we realize that you face unique challenges and we are committed to developing resources to assist you in your search.

We make every effort to work in partnership with departments, schools, and the dual career couple themselves to accommodate dual career needs. We have had considerable success in these endeavors but there are no guarantees. We offer employment assistance, not job placement.

While our office can and will provide support and information
about dual career resources at U.Va.,
the initiation of the active dual career hiring process
resides within the department or school.

What is the process for dual career hiring at U.Va?

Notification of a dual career issue normally comes from a department or search committee chair to his or her school’s associate dean or dean. These notifications can occur at recruitment or as a result of a retention effort. Position openings may be identified and negotiated within or between schools at the decanal level. In some schools, such as the School of Medicine, department chairs may lead the process without the dean’s office’s direct involvement. The Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment and Retention (VPFRR) is frequently contacted by the dean’s office (or department chair; see above) to offer assistance in outreach to the spouse, sourcing positions, making the case to departments to consider spousal candidates, negotiating funding which can include cost sharing arrangements for salary from provost resources and liaising with Human Resources’ Office of Dual Career Recruitment for non-academic spousal hires.

For couples where both members are academics, spouses may contact the office of the VPFRR directly at 434-924-6865, or through referral from the provost or dean’s office.

For assistance with issues involving couples where one member is an academic and the other is not, please contact U.Va.’s Office of Dual Career Recruitment at 434-924-4717.

Information and guidelines for departmental and search committee chairs on dual career hiring at U.Va.

Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
Mid-Atlantic HERC

The University of Virginia is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), along with 61 other academic institutions, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and many major universities in the Virginia. Washington, DC and Maryland area.

The Mid-Atlantic HERC offers a searchable database of all academic and non-academic jobs for all Mid-Atlantic HERC member institutions in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC areas, as well as a CV/resume database.

Get help with your dual career search by registering for job alerts and linking your profile with your spouse/partner.

Other Academically Related Institutions

A List of Area Colleges and Universities within 70 miles of Charlottesville, with links to employment pages

Historical and Cultural Institutions in Virginia with Academic and/or Research Departments (Monticello, Williamsburg, etc.)


Dual Career Discussion Board

The Two Body Problem a Chronicle of Higher Education Forum

Dual Career Academics Web site
Clayman Institute on Gender Research, Stanford University

The Clayman Institute has a number of resources for dual career couples and for administrators dealing with dual career hires. The following items on their Dual Career Academics Web site may be of particular interest::

Academic Couples Panel on Navigating a Dual Career Life (iTunes U Video) - link is at the top of the page

A series of case studies on different types of dual career couples:

Independent Hires

Joint Hires

Sequential Hires

Solo Hires


How to Cope with the Market as an Academic Couple (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Questions for Dual Career Couples (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Lessons of a Dual Hire (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Have No Illusions: Dual Academic Careers (Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Secrets of Our Success? (Chronicle of Higher Education)

2 People, 1 Job, 36 Years (Inside Higher Ed) A different take on what it means to be a dual career couple

Whose Job Is It, Anyway? (Chronicle of Higher Education) The age-old prejudice against nonacademic careers for Ph.D.s


Academic Couples: Problems and Promises, edited by M. A. Ferber and J. W. Loeb. University of Illinois Press, Urbana: 1997. (This book is available at U.Va.'s Alderman Library; the call number is LB1778.45 .A33 1997.)

Being Together, Working Apart: Dual Career Families and the Work-Life Balance, edited by Barbara Schneider and Linda J. Waite. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 2005. (This book is available at U.Va.'s Alderman Library; the call number is HQ536 .B432 2005.)

Getting to 50/50: How Working Couples Can Have It All by Sharing It All, by Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober. New York: Bantam Dell: 2009. (This book is not available through the U.Va. library system, but the Jefferson Madison Regional Library owns a copy. The call number is 306.872 Meers.)

Other Resources

Check out the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium HERC Dual Career Resources page. You will find links there to many other resources for dual career couples.

Not just for geoscientists! Dual Career Couples page of the "Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences" Web site. Lots of resources.