+Two-body problem: Dual careerpartners in student affairsCarolyn Golz, Lake Forest CollegeDr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, NorthwesternUniversity
+Why is it important to understandchallenges facing dual-career partners? Limited research on dual-career partners in student affairs. More research related to academic-career partners, butresearch still lacking 36% of professorate = dual-career academic partners(Schiebinger, Henderson, & Gilmartin, 2008) Dual-career hiring has major implications for job searchers Women are more likely than men to have an academic partner. Career options for partners is important for faculty Women actively refuse jobs if they do not see quality jobopportunities for their partners
+Challenges facing dual career partners Job searching Whose job search takes priority? Balancing a dual career job search Strain of long-distance Feelings of competition in the field Irregular or on-call hours Children(Greer & Poe, 2005)
+Challenges facing dual-career partners Gay/lesbian partners face additional challenges Workplace homophobia Whether (and how) to acknowledge the relationship How to characterize the relationship How introduce one’s partner How to deal with social events(O’Ryan & McFarland, 2010)
+Dual-Career Partners Torry Brouillard-Bruce and Melany Crews (Univ. of the Pacific,Univ. of California, Merced) Peter Pereira and Nina Pereira (Texas State) Tamara Yakabowski and Matt Birnbaum (Northern Colorado) Carolyn Golz and Cliff Golz (Lake Forest, Loyola) Julie Payne-Kirchmeier and Tony Kirchmeier (Northwestern) Patty Martinez and Dino Martinez (NIU) Brent Paterson and Janet Paterson (Illinois State)
+Advice from Colleagues Decide together to go into a job search – and ask the tough questions beforeyou start Identify geographical locations that afford opportunities for “lagging” or “trailing”partner Discuss distance as an option Be realistic about job opportunities in any area Be honest about your “must haves” and your “absolutely nots” There will be sacrificing - prepare yourself for impact on your relationship Know policies and benefits Open your mouth and ask – Negotiate!
+Implications for hiring managers Helping candidates network with area schools can beextremely helpful. Consider a policy that supports hiring of partners withininstitution. (check out Virginia Tech’s Dual Career Program ason example) Family friendly – what does that mean? What does it look likein practice?
+Implications for partnered professionalsconducting a search Flexibility is key Look for opportunities to expand your skills/ experience Ask the tough questions of each other, and of institutions Things to consider: commute, job opportunities in the area,long-distance options, …
+ReferencesGreer, R. M., & Poe, R. E. (2005). Developmental aspects of dual-career relationships: Reflections and issues. The College StudentAffairs Journal, 24(2), 162-168.Kelly, B. T., Eberly, J. E., & Chomanics, L. (2012). Job searching instudent affairs: Understanding the impact on dual career couples’relationships. Manuscript submitted for publication.O’Ryan, L. W., & McFarland, W. P. (2010). A Phenomenologicalexploration of the experiences of dual-career lesbian and gaycouples. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88, 71-79.Schiebinger, L., Henderson, A. D., & Gilmartin, S. K. (2008) Dualcareer academic couples: What universities need to know. MichelleR. Clayman Institute for Gender Research Report. StanfordUniversity: Stanford, CA.