Dual Career Resources

Iowa State University is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest 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 central Iowa. Our Dual Career Resources provide partners and spouses of faculty and senior administrators with support in identifying employment opportunities both on campus and the surrounding communities.

Note: Our Dual Career Resources are available for those partners/spouses seeking employment, but we cannot guarantee job placement.

Who qualifies for our resources?

  • Partners and spouses of new tenure-eligible faculty members and senior-level administrators
  • Partners and spouses who are part of a strategic recruitment or hiring effort
  • Partners and spouses who have lived in the area for less than a year

 

Resources for Deans and Department Chairs


What resources do we provide?

  • Faculty employment opportunities on campus which require partial funding from the Senior Vice President and Provost. These requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Non-faculty employment opportunities on campus through individual consultation with Iowa State's University Human Resources.

How do these resources work?

  • For assistance in exploring existing on-campus non-faculty 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. The Associate Provost for Faculty assists the spouse/partner in making contact with an HR specialist in University Human Resources.
  • 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. The Associate Provost for Faculty assists the spouse/partner in making contact with our external consultant, Terri Deems, of WorkLife Design, Inc., who will provide career coaching. The cost of the program ($2,000) is split by the hiring unit and the Senior Vice President and Provost. NOTE: WorkLife Design, Inc., offers career coaching and is not a placement agency.
  • If a faculty position is identified, the department chair and/or dean submit to the Associate Provost for Faculty a request for partial salary support using the standard request form. These requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. See Salary Support for Strategic Faculty Recruitment and Partner Accommodation for more information.

Resources for Faculty, Partners, and Spouses


What resources do we provide?

  • Our institution is a member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Visit the Central Midwest HERC website to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.
  • Employment opportunities 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 they do best and most enjoy doing
    • Explore values, environment, and lifestyle goals
    • Identify career and job options
    • Position theirself effectively in today's marketplace
    • Improve their resume writing
    • Prepare for interviews
    • Write strategic letters and plan follow-up activities
    • Network effectively
    • Negotiate offers
    • Stay energized during the JobGettingTM process,
    • Start off on the right foot in their new position
    • Explore self-employment as an option

How do these resources work?

  • For assistance in exploring on-campus faculty employment opportunities, the primary faculty member should discuss the dual career need with the department chair to determine what options are possible. If a faculty position is identified, the department chair and/or dean submit to the Associate Provost for Faculty a request for partial salary support using the standard request form. These requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. See Salary Support for Strategic Faculty Recruitment and Partner Accommodation for more information.

 

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Contact:

Megan Peterson
Administrative Assistant, 
515-294-6410,
meganmp@iastate.edu

 

Dawn Bratsch-Prince
Associate Provost for Faculty, 
515-294-6410, 
deprince@iastate.edu