Presenter: Andrea Rees Davies, Director of Programs and Research, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University
Description: Meeting the needs and expectations of dual-career academic couples - while still ensuring the high quality of university faculty - is one of the great challenges facing universities. Academic couples (those with both partners working in an academic environment) comprise 36 percent of the American professoriate - representing a deep pool of talent. Yet, dual-career academic hiring often remains difficult and controversial. The Clayman Institute's Dual-Career Academic Couples program includes resources for administrators and for faculty and graduate students interested in negotiating a dual-career life.
In August 2008, the Clayman Institute published a national study, Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know (PDF). The study surveyed 30,000 faculty at 13 of the nation's leading public and private research universities. The report reviews practices, policies and programs for administrators to successfully work with the hiring and retaining of dual-career academic couples. On June 16, 2009, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research hosted a conference “Dual-Career Academic Couples: Strategies and Opportunities.” This conference brought together administrators, faculty, and graduate students to discuss key issues and strategies.
Key questions included:
• How can universities attract and retain the best talent?
• Does couple hiring help build a more diverse, equitable, and competitive workforce?
• How can couples best negotiate a dual-career path?
• What policies or practices have universities put in place surrounding this issue? What works, and what does not?
• What role can the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium play?
Lead by Andrea Rees Davies, this webinar will review the outcomes of the national study and revisit the key questions asked at the conference.