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DUAL CAREER PARTNER PLACEMENT


The Texas A&M University (TAMU) Dual-Career Program was created to

  1. assist faculty candidates and current faculty in balancing their work with the conflicting demands of life events, and
  2. maintain and strengthen the institution’s ability to recruit and re-tain diverse faculty of excellence who are part of a dual-career couple.


Who is eligible to utilize this service?

Spouses/partners of prospective or current TAMU faculty who are interested in

  • a faculty position at TAMU (tenured/tenure-track or academic professional track), or

  • a non-faculty position at TAMU or in the community.

Partners of Faculty Candidates

Faculty candidates may inform their potential hiring units that their decision to accept an offer hinges on whether or not their partner can also find a faculty position at TAMU. In these cases, the Dean of Faculties (DOF) office will work with the hiring department and college to identify and contact appropriate departments on behalf of the partner.


Partners of Current Faculty

Current faculty may face partner placement needs as they enter into new relationships or their partners embark in new career paths. In such cases, the DOF office can meet with either the faculty member or the faculty member’s department head to understand the need at hand.  At the request of the department head, the DOF office will contact potential hiring units, inform them of the need, and request their assistance in placing the individual.


Are funds available for partner positions?

The DOF office provides and administers bridge funds to academic units that create positions to employ the partner of a prospective or a current faculty member. These funds are only available for positions within TAMU and not for positions within the community. Since creating a position is challenging, it requires the cooperation and commitment of two units (the faculty’s unit and the partner’s hiring unit) as well as the DOF office. Typically, if a position is made available, all three units contribute to the partner’s salary for the first few (usually two) years of the appointment. The expectation thereafter is that the partner’s hiring unit will maintain and fund the position. It should be noted that bridge funds are finite and, when allotted, are on a first-come first-served basis.


Where can I get more information?

For more information about partners seeking faculty positions at TAMU, please contact the Office of the Dean of Faculties at dof@tamu.edu or 979.845.4274 or click here.

Partners of Faculty Candidates

Faculty candidates may inform their potential hiring units that their decision to accept an offer hinges on whether or not their partner can also find employment. Faculty candidates and their partners may also contact the ADVANCE Center directly for more information or to begin an assisted job search. Should a faculty candidate and/or their partner request a confidential assisted job search as the faculty candidate progresses through the interview process, such requests will be honored.


Partners of Current Faculty

Current faculty may face partner placement needs as they enter into new relationships or their partners embark in new career paths. Current faculty whose partners are seeking non-faculty positions at TAMU or in the community should contact their department head and ask for a referral to the ADVANCE Center. The department head should then email the Dual Career Program Manager (see contact information below) requesting an assisted job search for the faculty partner and including the faculty name and partner’s name and contact information.


What services does the ADVANCE Center provide faculty partners who are seeking a non-faculty position?

The ADVANCE Center will assist a faculty partner seeking a non-faculty position with a variety of tools and resources including

  • personalized/tailored service with timely followup;

  • networking assistance (professional and personal);

  • cover letter and resume/CV review and feedback;

  • information about local companies and local employment demographics;

  • referrals for informational interviews;

  • topical consultations (e.g. How to Assess to the Job Market and Developing a Job Search Strategy); and

  • access to job openings at TAMU and within the community.


Where can I get more information?

For more information about partners seeking non-faculty positions at TAMU or in the community, please contact dualcareer@tamu.edu or 979.845.7038.