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The Two-Body Problem
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 2. Dual-Career Couples: Who Does What and Why
  2. pp. 16-46
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  1. 3. Introduction to the Cases and the Qualitative Method
  2. pp. 47-51
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  1. 4. Relocation Services
  2. pp. 52-68
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  1. 5. Accommodation through Non-Tenure-Track and Adjunct Faculty Positions
  2. pp. 69-85
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  1. 6. Accommodation through Split and Shared Positions
  2. pp. 86-97
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  1. 7. Accommodation through Shared Advertising
  2. pp. 98-101
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  1. 8. In Pursuit of Tenure-Track Positions
  2. pp. 102-119
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  1. 9. Common Concerns about Dual-Career Hiring Practices
  2. pp. 120-152
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  1. 10. The Two-Body Problem Revisited: Conclusions and Recommendations
  2. pp. 153-176
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  1. Appendix A: Survey Methodology
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. Appendix B: Useful Internet Resources
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-196
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