I was wondering if anyone could share their experience and advice regarding spousal hires, especially at SLACs. I'm hoping my partner can be hired as a full-time lecturer (they have a PhD and a couple of years worth of teaching experience at prestigious schools). Thanks for any advice you have.
Date: 04 Feb 2014 03:56
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Hired in the same or different department than you? That can affect things for better or for worse.
Overall, if the school has more money or you are more desirable, your odds are better than if the school has less money or you're less desirable.
Different department. She's in the Humanities. It's a private SLAC. Comparable to a place like Macalester. I like to think I'm desirable to them :)
Does anyone have experience with negotiating employment opportunities for a non-academic spouse? Specifically, my partner is a high-powered accountant, and moving to a smaller college town will significantly stunt his career growth. In some cases, the biggest "company/employer" in town is the university. If I get an offer, is there any way to try to negotiate his employment as an accountant for the university?
Sometimes it is actually easier to accommodate a spousal situation when the spouse/partner is not an academic at all. Faculty lines are much less common than new positions other units. I would just talk about this with a chair. I have been shocked at how quickly a chair can set up interviews for openings in other university units compared to say, trying to convince a different department that they "need" a new instructor! So, definitely explain the situation. It is not that unusual.
I am experiencing the same situation. To make it worse, my partner is currently on tenure track too. I know that a spousal hire is almost impossible now (unless I am Albert bandura). But what are the kind of jobs that my partner can negotiate for so that she can stay active in research to be marketable next year?