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Dual-Career Academic Couples Conference: Strategies and Opportunties

Event Date: 
June 16, 2009 - 13:00 - 17:00

Meeting the requirements and expectations of dual-career academic couples – while ensuring the high quality of university faculty – is one of the great challenges facing universities today. In fact, we believe this issue plays an important role for hiring and maintaining a diverse faculty. On June 16 this challenge will be addressed as representatives of both sides of the negotiating table come together at a conference at Stanford University.

The conference, titled “Dual-Career Academic Couples: Strategies and Opportunities”, will bring together administrators, faculty, and graduate students to consider questions like:
•How can universities attract and retain the best talent?
•Does couple hiring help build a more diverse, equitable, and competitive workforce?
•How can couples best negotiate a dual-career path?
•What policies or practices have universities put in place surrounding this issue?
•What role can the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium play?

In August 2008, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research published a national study, Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know (PDF), available for free download at: The study surveyed 30,000 faculty at 13 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities.

The conference will take place on June 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Wallenberg Hall, Stanford University. For the full program and free registration, please visit:

Wallenberg Learning Theater
450 Serra Mall, Building 160
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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