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Dual Career Information for Departmental
and Search Committee Chairs

Frequently Asked Questions About Dual Career Hiring at U.Va.
  1. Why should we be concerned about dual career issues?
  2. What is the process for dual career hiring at U.Va? (see also the Dual Career Flowchart)
  3. Should the search committee ask a candidate if they have dual career needs?
  4. What should we do if a candidate brings up a dual career concern?
  5. What materials are available to give to dual career candidates?
  6. Are dual career services from the Provosts office only available when a candidate is first considering the University?
  7. Is there any funding available from central administration for dual career hiring?
  8. What role can department and search committee members play in supporting dual career partners?
  9. How can we promote the University as a place that is committed to dual career needs without raising false hopes about the likelihood of success?
  10. Why don’t we offer these services to unmarried partners?
  11. What happens if the dual career arrangement that is worked out is only temporary?

Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
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, as well as many major universities in the Virginia. Washington, DC and Maryland area.

The national HERC, comprised of thirteen regional HERCs has developed partnerships with many organizations and companies that may be of use in the faculty recruitment process, a number of which offer discounts to HERC members.

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.


Dual Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know

In 2008 the Clayman Institute published a report based on surveys of over 9,000 full-time faculty at thirteen premier research universities in the U.S., including the Univesrity of Virginia.

Report on results from the University of Virginia

Executive Summary of natinal report (pdf)

Full report (pdf)

Dual Career Discussion Board

The Two Body Problem a Chronicle of Higher Education Forum


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

The A - Z of Dual Career Couples (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 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 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 Academically Related Institutions

Historical and Cultural Institutions in Virginia with Academic and/or Research Departments

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

See also Mid-Atlantic HERC above

International Dual Career Faculty

U.Va.'s office of Compliance and Immigration Services in Human Resources (HR-CIS) is the best source of information and assistance for departments and search committees at U.Va.that are thinking about hiring a foreign national. It is important to contact Compliance and Immigration Services as early as possible in the process.