Dual career families are common among faculty. This presents both challenges and opportunities. Universities with clearly articulated dual career hiring programs can overcome the challenges and become highly competitive for attracting talented individuals. The purpose of this document is to enhance dual career hiring success in those cases where both individuals being hired are seeking faculty positions within the University. It includes guiding principles, a plan for resource flow that can enable dual career hires and recommended procedures for the vetting of candidates. It was developed by Clemson administrators and faculty with guidance from models of dual career hiring practices at peer institutions.
Faculty = all regular and special ranks including tenured and non-tenured appointments.
Initial faculty recruit = an individual being recruited for a regular or special rank faculty position.
Dual faculty recruit = an individual who has knowledge, skills and/or abilities that can satisfy additional needs at the university, and who is a partner or spouse of an “initial faculty recruit."
Asking and receiving department = the asking department is hiring the initial faculty recruit; the receiving department is being asked to consider a dual faculty recruit. Asking and receiving units can be one and the same, or different departments in the same college or different college.