[Parentsgroup-list] New Dual Career AcademicCouple Study

Kara Swanson kswanson at fas.harvard.edu
Thu Aug 21 08:24:22 EDT 2008

May be of interest!

Announcing new research on Dual-Career Academic Couples - exploring
hiring and retention of top talent, increasing diversity, and
workplace culture.

Stanford, CA. August 20, 2008 - Stanford University's Clayman
Institute for Gender Research presents its latest research, Dual
Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know, available
for download at

Dual-career issues are increasingly important in higher education
today. Over 70 percent of faculty are in dual-career relationships;
more than a third are partnered with another academic.  This trend is
particularly strong among women scientists and people in more junior
positions.  As the number of women receiving Ph.D.s continues to
rise, U.S. universities will see an increasing number of high quality
candidates for faculty positions partnered with another academic.
This presents universities with a challenge, but also a great
opportunity to access new candidates and diversify their faculty.

Based on a major survey of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty
at thirteen leading US universities, plus interviews with
administrators at eighteen universities, Dual-Career Academic Couples
explores the impact of dual-career partnering on hiring, retention,
professional attitudes, and work culture in the U.S. university
sector.  It also makes recommendations for improving the way
universities work with dual-career candidates and strengthen overall
communication with their faculty on hiring and retention issues.  It
is vital reading for anyone interested in the continuing strength and
competitiveness of US universities.

Lead author Londa Schiebinger, Director of the Clayman Institute and
Professor of the History of Science, welcomes questions and comments
on the research at gender-email at stanford.edu

Kara W. Swanson, B.S., M.A., J.D.
kswanson at fas.harvard.edu

Raoul Berger – Mark DeWolfe Howe Legal History Fellow
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138

Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science
Harvard University 
Science Center 371
Cambridge, MA 02138

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