Approximately eight of every ten academics have spouses or partners who are working professionals, and almost half of these partners are academics as well. In fact, dual-career academic couples are so prevalent that "the two-body problem" has become a common way of referring to the situation. Increasingly, intense competition to hire the best faculty forces institutions to assist dual-career couples in finding suitable employment for the accompanying spouse or partner.
The authors of The Two-Body Problem examine policies and practices used by colleges and universities to respond to the needs of dual-career couples within the economic, legal, and demographic contexts of higher education. Using data from an extensive survey of public and private universities as well as in-depth case studies of institutions representing distinctive approaches to this problem, the authors find that the type of institution-its location, size, governance, mission, and resource availability-is a critical factor in determining dual-career employment options. The Two-Body Problem describes various accommodation models in depth and provides valuable information for college and university administrators responsible for hiring faculty and supporting their performance.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
A useful compendium of how institutions of differing size, type and location are grappling with the dual-career problems... One has the sense of being privy to the kind of uncensored observation that would never show up in official minutes. -- Cynthia Goheen * Connection *
Anyone aspiring to be a department chair or provost, or something similar, might do well to at least peruse this book. -- Karen Saxe * MAA Online *
As the first comprehensive national study to systematically examine institutional dual-career policies and practices, The Two-Body Problem will interest administrators and faculty looking for ways to balance the needs of institutions with those of increasingly numerous dual-career couples. -- Karen Rowan * On Campus with Women *
Administrators and policymakers will also find suggestions... about how to develop and implement an accommodation policy. -- Jessica Demovski * Adjunct Advocate *
A useful guidebook and a solid, accessible starting point for scholarship on campus couples. -- Lawrence Rodgers * Department Chair *