Dual Career Symposium, 2010

    Harvard Dual Career Symposium
    Transforming Work: Re-imaging the Dual Career Landscape
    in Higher Education
    Wednesday, May 5, 2010


    The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity hosted a working conference aimed at understanding current research and best practices pertaining to dual career issues and utilizing this knowledge in the development of new ways to support dual career couples.

    Keynote speakers:

    Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-04.

    Sara Laschever has worked as a writer and editor for over 25 years. Her work has been published by the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, Vogue, Mademoiselle, WomensBiz, the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Review, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She has taught writing at Boston University and privately edited books published by the Harvard Business School Press, Perseus Books, Hyperion Books, and Alfred A. Knopf. She also worked for three years as a senior writer and editor at Mercer Management Consulting in Lexington, Massachusetts.

    Lisa Wolf-Wendel, PhD is a Professor of Higher Education and Coordinator of the Higher Education Master’s Degree Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Wolf-Wendel joined the faculty of the University of Kansas (KU) in 1995. She serves as President of the Faculty Senate at KU and recently served as the Interim Associate Dean of the School of Education.

    Symposium Sessions:

    “In the Trenches” With a Full Time Dual-Career Consultant: How Cornell University’s Dual Career Program Enhances the University’s Recruitment and Retention Efforts

    Speaker - Betsy Hillman, Dual Career Consultant, Recruitment and Employment Center, Cornell University

    This session, descriptive and practical, provides information about Cornell University’s Dual Career Program. It includes discussion of Cornell’s policies and practices to assist dual career couples and a description of the strategies utilized by the Dual Career Program consultant to assist accompanying partners. This session should be of interest to people from institutions who already have or contemplate creating dual career services or those interested in learning more about how a well-established dual career program functions. In addition, graduate students and post docs contemplating a dual career job search might find the perspective helpful as they prepare to enter the job market.

    “Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know”

    Speaker - Andrea Henderson, Research Director, Clayman Institute Stanford University and Professor, California State University Northridge)

    Meeting the needs and expectations of dual-career academic couples - while still ensuring the high quality of university faculty - is one of the great challenges facing universities. Academic couples (those with both partners working in an academic environment) comprise 36 percent of the American professoriate - representing a deep pool of talent. Yet, dual-career academic hiring often remains difficult and controversial. This session will provide an overview of the current challenges and opportunities faced by dual-career academic couples.

    “Leveraging Institutional Collaboration to Address the Dual-Career Dilemma”

    Speakers - Elizabeth Ancarana, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Faculty Development, Harvard University, Jennifer Ivers, Director, New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Ann Higginbotham, Professor of History/Department Chair, Eastern Connecticut State University and Chair, American Association of University Professor’s Committee on Women in the Academic Profession

    How can institutions leverage their collective knowledge and resources as they address the challenges of dual career hiring and retention? This session will address that question by presenting one model for institutional collaboration, the New England HERC, by examining the recommendations of the AAUP Committee on Women regarding dual career accommodation policies, and by noting the institutional factors—such as size, geography, and financial resources—that will also necessarily determine best practices.

    Faculty Career Flexibility – Addressing the Needs of 21st Century Scholars

    Speaker – Jean McLaughlin, Research Associate, CEL-Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility, American Council on Education

    Since 2002, women have earned more than half of all the PhDs awarded to Americans at U.S. universities, yet fewer than half of them pursue tenure-track positions at American colleges and universities. Among those who do, only about one-third achieve tenure and less than one-quarter advance to the rank of full professor. For the female faculty who take on tenure-track positions, the obstacles can continue. Many find that their careers are severely hampered by having and raising children, particularly during their tenure-track probationary period. Given these conditions, flexible career policies and programs are becoming ever more necessary as a means of helping meet the needs of an increasingly diverse faculty. Such practices also help advance institutional goals, such as improved recruitment and retention and maintaining academic competitiveness in a global market. This session will share lessons learned from the faculty career flexibility projects funded by the Sloan Foundation over the last three years.

    Three Decades of Advocacy and Leadership on Women’s Issues: The Joint Committee on the Status of Women (JCSW) Women at Harvard Medical School

    Speakers - Marisa Silveri, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Kathryn Hammond Baker, Deputy Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Dina Hirschfeld-Becker, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Jo M. Solet, Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    The Joint Committee on the Status of Women was formed to facilitate the development and contribution of women by expanding and improving the opportunities for the advancement of women to achieve their maximum potential. Since its inception in 1974, JCSW’s purpose within Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is to document the status of women, identify obstacles to improvement, to recommend changes and to review and advise on grievances. In this session, various members of the JCSW Steering Committee will provide important and critical historical and longitudinal data pertaining to mentorship, gender parity and other related issues.