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Commitment to Dual-Career

Addressing the needs of dual-career couples is of critical importance when colleges and universities seek to recruit and retain the most outstanding and diverse faculty and administrators.

Work and family considerations, specifically dual-career concerns, influence candidates' decisions when searching for and considering a job. The decision to accept a job frequently becomes contingent upon an offer of job search assistance and opportunities for the accompanying partner.

Helping dual-career couples is a central part of HERC's mission. HERC is the only organization in the U.S. to systematically address dual-career concerns on a nationwide scale. HERC's work has been recognized by the American Council on Education, the American Association of University Professors, the American Psychological Association, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research and National Public Media's "Marketplace".

Recent research shows that 72% of faculty members have employed partners. (Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, L. Schiebinger, A. Henderson, S. Gilmartin, Dual-career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know Stanford: 2008).

What HERC Offers Dual-Career Jobseekers

  • Access to the most comprehensive list jobs at institutions within a commutable distance.
  • State-of-the-art dual-career search technology.
  • Comprehensive lists of article, research, and links to campuses that have dual-career programs and policies.

What HERC Offers Member Institutions

  • A referral source to the HERC website for candidates with partners.
  • Dual-career materials to include in candidate recruitment packets.
  • A member network to collaborate on dual-career appointments.
  • Conferences and webinars for member institutions on best practices for dual-career programs, policies, and practices.
Elizabeth Ancarana
“Harvard belongs to HERC for many important reasons. It facilitates member collaboration and its powerful job search website is an invaluable dual-career tool for the spouses and partners of our faculty and senior administrator candidates.”

- Elizabeth Ancarana, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University

Title: What does HERC do to help dual-career jobseekers?
Elizabeth Ancarana, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Harvard University
Title: What was your job like helping dual-career couples before HERC?
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