We are nearing the halfway mark of the academic calendar, and many of you may be on the market and in the process of interviewing for academic positions. Some of you may also be experiencing what is commonly called a “two-body problem,” navigating the tricky job search process with a partner/spouse in mind.
Today we are sharing a handy Toolkit developed by the Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research. The Toolkit was prepared especially for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows currently participating in the academic hire process with a partner (who may also be an academic).
Access the Toolkit here.
Quick tips for Students on the Job Market (details in Toolkit)
1. Determine your preferences and plan ahead with your partner
2. Investigate university policies with regards to dual-hires.
3. Decide on the best time to bring up your partner
4. Emphasize your partner’s candidate quality in hiring
5. Negotiate and consider a variety of positions outside your specialty
6. Wait to accept an offer until both partners can simultaneously sign contracts
The Toolkit is based on a research report on "Dual Career Academic Couples” by Professors Londa Schiebinger (Stanford), Andrea Davies Henderson (Cal State), and Shannon K. Gilmartin (Stanford) featuring a document on “What Universities Need to Know.”
Access the Report here.
The study surveyed 30,000 faculty at 13 leading public and private research institutions in the U.S. The report itself is fascinating, and we highly recommend reading through it and checking out the supplementary links on the study's homepage.
- 72% of faculty have employed partners. 36% of faculty have partners also in academia. 36% have a partner who is employed outside of academia.
- Types of faculty hires where both partners are academic: Dual hires (10%), Independent hires (17%), Solo hires (9%). ***Independent hire means other partner secured employment separately, or partner was not mentioned during hire process. Solo hire means 1 partner is hired, the other is not employed in an academic position.
- Dual hires are increasing: In 1970, 3% of faculty were dual hires; in 2000, 13% were.
- Nearly 50% of faculty respondents in same-sex partnerships have academic partners.
- Nearly one-third of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority faculty have academic partners.
- Men and women faculty place different value in their partners’ careers: 50% of men in academic couples said their career was primary. 59% of women in academic couples said both careers were equal