Dual Career Contact Information:
Dea Polk – Program Coordinator
Current Program Structure
The TAMU Dual-Career Program is currently housed in two separate but allied offices: The Office of the Dean of Faculties (DoF) and the ADVANCE Center.
- The Office of the Dean of Faculties works to place faculty partners seeking faculty positions at TAMU (tenure-track, tenured, and academic professional track).
- The ADVANCE Center works to place faculty partners seeking non-faculty positions at TAMU and in the Bryan/College Station communities and surrounding counties.
These two offices work closely together to maximize employment opportunities for faculty partners. It is intended that the programming from both offices will merge in the DoF’s in the near future.
Partners of faculty candidates and partners of current faculty are eligible for assisted job searches.
Partners Seeking Non-Faculty Positions
Faculty candidates may inform their potential hiring units that their decision to accept an offer hinges on whether or not their partner can also find employment. The Department Head of the Hiring Unit must provide the referral for Dual Career Assistance. Should a faculty candidate and/or their partner request a confidential assisted job search as the faculty candidate progresses through the interview process, such requests will be honored.
Current faculty may face partner placement needs as they enter into new relationships or their partners embark in new career paths. Current faculty whose partners are seeking non-faculty positions at TAMU or in the community should contact their Department Head and ask for a referral to the ADVANCE Center. The Department Head should then email the Dual Career Program Coordinator (see contact information below) requesting an assisted job search for the faculty partner and including the faculty name and partner’s name and contact information.
ADVANCE Center services for faculty partners seeking a non-faculty position
The ADVANCE Center will assist a faculty partner seeking a non-faculty position with a variety of tools and resources including:
- personalized/tailored service with timely followup;
- networking assistance (professional and personal);
- cover letter and resume/CV review and feedback;
- information about local companies and local employment demographics;
- referrals for informational interviews;
- topical consultations (e.g. How to Assess to the Job Market and Developing a Job Search Strategy); to include Workforce Solutions registration for Work in Texas (WIT); and
- access to job openings at TAMU and within the Brazos Valley and surrounding counties.
For more information about partners seeking non-faculty positions at TAMU or in the community, please contact Dea Polk, ADVANCE Dual Career Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.845.7038.
Partners Seeking Faculty Positions at TAMU
Partners of Faculty Candidates
Faculty candidates may inform their potential hiring units that their decision to accept an offer hinges on whether or not their partner can also find a faculty position at TAMU. In these cases, the DoF’s office will work with the hiring department and college to identify and contact appropriate departments on behalf of the partner.
Partners of Current Faculty
Current faculty may face partner placement needs as they enter into new relationships or their partners embark in new career paths. In such cases, the DoF’s office can meet with either the faculty member or the faculty member’s department head to understand the need at hand. At the request of the department head, the DoF’s office will contact potential hiring units, inform them of the need, and request their assistance in placing the individual.
Funds for partner positions
The DoF’s office provides and administers bridge funds to academic units that create positions to employ the partner of a prospective or a current faculty member. These funds are only available for positions within TAMU and not for positions within the community. Since creating a position is challenging, it requires the cooperation and commitment of two units (the faculty’s unit and the partner’s hiring unit) as well as the DoF’s office. Typically, if a position is made available, all three units contribute to the partner’s salary for the first few (usually two) years of the appointment. The expectation thereafter is that the partner’s hiring unit will maintain and fund the position. It should be noted that bridge funds are finite and, when allotted, are on a first-come first-served basis.
For more information about partners seeking faculty positions at TAMU, please contact the Executive Associate Dean of Faculties, Dr. Blanca Lupiani, at email@example.com or 979.845.4274 or click here.