University of Oregon

Dual Career Appts

Increasingly, university professionals are part of dual career couples, and this phenomenon has emerged as a critical recruitment and retention issue in higher education. See the attached report on “Dual Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know” produced by Clayman Institute at Stanford University. The report is based in part on surveys with 9,000 full-time faculty members at 13 leading research universities resulting in recommendations for best practices in hiring dual career couples.

UO has responded to the emergence of dual career partners in several ways. Following the decision to hire a faculty member, the University will make every reasonable effort to find employment for this person’s spouse or partner. The University has designed a number of dual career programs and you can review these programs under our Academic Affairs website for Dual Career Support.

Greater Oregon Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

The University of Oregon has partnered with PSU, OSU, WOU, EOU, SOU, OHSU, Willamette University, and many other colleges and universities in Oregon to form the Greater Oregon Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (GO HERC). This consortium provides a single, central website that lists job openings at each participating institution. At last check, 680 jobs consortium-wide were listed on the GO HERC site, including all of the UO’s open positions (nearly 190). Our open searches automatically cross-list to the GO HERC site, so no effort is required to reach the nationwide HERC audience. We would like to call this consortium to your attention for two important reasons.

• Dual Career Hiring. GO HERC job listings are easily searched by job type, keyword, and geography, making this site a critical element in dual career hiring situations, complementing our current dual career support. Candidates’ partners can determine how far they are willing to commute and can make initial judgments about dual career possibilities early in the search process. At some point in the recruitment process, you might consider providing information about GO HERC to your candidates; a postcard format announcement is available for download.

As part of the national HERC network, GO HERC contributes to the largest database of higher education and related jobs in the world. HERC brings together more than 600 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations. The HERC website offers a search engine that includes faculty and staff job listings at all member institutions. This search engine is free and available to anyone seeking employment in higher education, research, healthcare (medical centers), and arts and culture. Numerous other benefits and resources are listed online.


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