Virginia Tech's Dual Career Program
Layne, M. E.
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Virginia Tech implemented a dual career support program in 2006 to assist spouses and partners of faculty members to employment at the university or in the local community. Located in the town of Blacksburg in the scenic New River Vall the university is by far the largest employer in this relatively rural area, with over 4000 instructional, research, and profe and 3500 professional, technical, clerical, and other support staff. In order to attract and retain outstanding faculty mem spouses and partners of faculty members to be able to pursue their careers as well. Virginia Tech’s dual career program dedicated to working with faculty families to connect them with potential employers and provide support for their job se coordinator maintains a network of contacts across the university and in the local community to facilitate placements. T affairs works with spouses and partners who are seeking tenure track appointments, and can provide bridge funding if exemptions are available for dual career hires. From 2006 to 2014, 133 individuals have been hired by the university u exemption and/or bridge funding. The provost has provided partial funding for 88 dual career hires during this time, and received job search support through the dual career program.