Iowa State University is committed to recruiting and retaining a top quality faculty and staff. We also recognize that our faculty and staff seek to combine a stimulating academic career with a satisfying personal life. The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, in collaboration with colleges and departments, is dedicated to working with our new faculty and senior-level administrators to assist in their transition to the Ames area. Our Dual Career Programs serves as a focal point for efforts to find career options for the partners of new faculty and senior-level administrators.
Who do we serve?
Partners and spouses of faculty members and senior-level administrators who are being recruited
Department chairs, program directors, and deans involved in the recruitment of faculty members
and senior-level administrators
What services do we provide?
The Dual Career Assistance Programs aim to provide spouses/partners of faculty and senior administrators with support in identifying employment opportunities both on campus and in the community.
We offer three types of assistance:
Assistance in exploring existing employment opportunities on campus through individual consultation with staff in Iowa State University's Human Resources Services.
Assistance in exploring faculty employment opportunities on campus that require partial funding from the Senior Vice President and Provost. These requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Assistance in exploring employment off campus in surrounding communities with the support of a university-contracted career coach. Our partner, WorkLife Design Inc., will help the spouse or partner to:
Identify what he/she does best and most enjoys doing
Explore values, environment, and lifestyle goals
Identify career and job options
Position him/herself effectively in today's marketplace
Improve his/her resume writing
Prepare for interviews
Write strategic letters and plan follow-up activities
Stay energized during the JobGettingTM process,
Start off on the right foot in his/her new position
Explore self-employment as an option
Please note: the Dual Career Assistance Programs are provided as a resource. They do not guarantee job placement.
How do these programs work?
For assistance in exploring existing on-campus employment opportunities, the department chair and/or dean contacts the office of the Associate Provost for Faculty to make the referral and to provide basic information about the status of the search or faculty/senior-level administrator appointment. The office of the Associate Provost for Faculty assists the spouse/partner in making contact with Lisa Lee in Human Resources Services.
For assistance in exploring off-campus employment opportunities, the department chair and/or dean contacts the office of the Associate Provost for Faculty to make the referral and to provide basic information about the status of the search or faculty/senior-level administrator appointment. The office of the Associate Provost for Faculty assists the spouse/partner in making contact with our external partner, Terri Deems, of WorkLife Design, Inc. The cost of the program ($2,000) is split by the hiring unit and the Senior Vice President and Provost.