ERIC Number: ED318938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Dual Career Couples in the University: Policies and Problems.
Many large corporations are proactively developing hiring and personnel management policies to accommodate dual career couples employed by them. Neither the public sector in general nor universities in particular have developed such policies and little is known about what universities are doing to accommodate dual career couple applicants or employees. To examine this issue, questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of American Society for Public Administration members employed in the private sector, government, and universities. The questionnaire was designed to examine attitudes about dual career couples in the work place and to determine what hiring and promotion policies affect dual career couples. Findings from 877 respondents revealed no significant difference in attitudes held about dual career couples among persons employed in universities, the public, or the private sector. The findings suggest that dual career couple members employed in universities are most often treated just like other employees; their family situation is rarely taken into consideration in hiring, promotion, and transfer decisions. Although many universities permit married people to work together, few encourage the practice. Universities that want to be on the cutting edge of hiring and retaining the best and the brightest can begin by targeting dual career couples and by creating a receptive environment for dual career couples. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented an the Annual Conference of the National Association for Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors (74th, Nashville, TN, March 21-25, 1990).