How does it work when you want to pursue a partner hire in a different (non-psychology) field? For example, my partner is a visual artist and one of the schools where I'm interviewing has a well-known art school. She wouldn't necessarily want to work at the art school full-time, but an adjunct or visiting gig could help facilitate our move to the area. How and when would I ask about this? And what could I realistically expect the psych department to do?
Date: 23 Jan 2012 18:53
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I don't think this is unrealistic at all - assuming your partner has the qualifications. Wait until you've been offered the job to ask.
The less you ask for, the more likely you are to get it. A teaching gig obviously is more likely than a tenure track gig for a partner, for example. It all really just depends on (a) how bad they want you, (b) how bad they want/don't want her, and (c) what their pool of resources are.
I was just offered a job at a R1 university. My partner is also an academic and needed a job in a different department. After I was offered the job (but not during the interview process), I made it clear that I was only going to be able to accept the job if the other department hired my partner. I didn't specify the type of position (e.g., post-doc, visiting assistant prof, tenure track, etc). It turns out that the university offered my partner a better position than I would have asked for… My advice would be to initially just ask for "a position" — don't specify and see what position they offer your partner. Odds are, they will come up with the best position they can offer your partner. It might end up being better than what you would have asked for!
It varies. I asked for a staff position for my partner and the Dean said no even though we offered to take a 23K reduction in salary for her. This was at a state school with limited budget. So, that was a deal breaker for us.