faculty positions for spouses
Leszek Andrzej Kleczkowski
lakleczk at bioslave.uio.no
Mon Aug 15 06:19:12 EST 1994
CSTAICER at AC.DAL.CA wrote:
: I am gathering information on what other universities have done to
: accomodate spouses of biology (or other science) faculty members. Any
: information on the situation at your university would be much appreciated.
: For example, are any couples splitting or otherwise sharing a single
: position, have new positions been created, and if so, what fraction of
: full time are people appointed at? Also, what problems have arisen during
: negotiations for such arrangements or after they have been made? How many
: faculty members have left a university because their spouse has been
: unable to obtain a position?
In the current situation in the US universities, where in excess of 100
candidates per one assistant professor position apply, I think it is
highly immoral (or at least ethically dubious) to have University
officials negotiating employment with a scientist having scientist-spouse
as a "joint package". In cases I am familiar with, one person ends up as
a faculty (or on tenure-track) and the other as sort of "research
assistant professor", which eventually leads to tenured position.
Now the relevant question: how likely it is that BOTH spouses will edge
over 100 qualified candidates per position? In cases that I know it was
the male part of the family who got the "lead" position, with the woman
ending up as research ass. prof. I am sure there are opposite cases
(with women getting "lead" position), but they are probably less
numerous. In any case, negotiating a faculty position (or tenure-track)
for a spouse is not an exception, however disgusting it may be for those
who value merit in job applicants.
Leszek A. Kleczkowski
e-mail: cstaicer at ac.dal.ca : Dept. of Biology : Dalhousie Univ.
: Halifax, NS, B3H 4J1, Canada
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