Dual Career at RIT

RIT's goal is to attract and retain the highest quality candidates for full time tenure-track faculty positions within our university. Our Dual Career Program supports this goal by providing services to eligible spouses/partners of newly hired full time tenure-track faculty who are relocating to the Rochester area. The program includes the following:

Exploratory phone interview with HR professional to include:
  • Resume review
  • Confirmation of areas of interest within RIT
  • Assistance with RIT's Career Zone Website

Other resources available include:
  • Review of internal and external network partners (academic and corporate)
  • Overview of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) support options
  • Overview of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce support options

Program Objective

RIT recognizes the need for dual career assistance within the university as a means of continuing to build an inclusive campus environment and to support the university's goals to attract and retain the highest quality candidates for full time tenure-track faculty positions. Our Dual Career Program supports this goal by providing assistance to spouses/partners of eligible newly hired full time tenure-track faculty who are relocating to the Rochester Area.

The Dual Career Program will provide assistance to the extent possible and does not guarantee placement.

Program Mission

RIT’s goal is to attract and retain the highest quality candidates for faculty positions within the university. The Dual Career Program supports this goal by providing services to eligible spouses/partners of newly hired, full-time tenure track faculty who are relocating to the Rochester area.

Connecting with the Dual Career Program

Spouses/partners of full time tenure-track faculty candidates who have received a request for an on-campus interview may make an initial confidential inquiry about the program by contacting RIT at careers@rit.edu.

Eligibility

The Dual Career Program is available to spouses/partners* of newly hired full time tenure-track faculty who are relocating to the Rochester area. The Dual Career Program application form can be found HERE.

*Partner as defined in RIT's Domestic Partner Benefits.

Application Process

The Rochester Institute of Technology Dual Career Program application form is confidential. The information obtained from the application to this program will not be shared outside of the HR department, unless authorized by the spouse/partner.
 

Background

Faculty candidates increasingly have partners who simultaneously seek employment and women faculty candidates are more likely to have an academic partner than their male peers. To remain competitive, it is important to consider the employment needs of the partner in any faculty hire. The objective of the work AdvanceRIT has undertaken is to establish a sustainable, new high-quality business process/practice on the RIT campus to support dual career hires, specifically those which bring high-quality female faculty hires to RIT. The developed program is situated within Human Resources (HR) and was created through a highly collaborative effort.

The Provost, AdvanceRIT team, and Human Resources worked together to create a university wide steering committee to help create the Dual Career Program at RIT. The group was co-chaired by Judy Bender (representative from HR) and Nabil Nasr (representative for the deans). The membership included representatives from Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Faculty Career Development, AdvanceRIT, department chairs, deans & faculty. Their charge included development of the university’s policy statement and initial business practices for the Dual Career Program. Building from benchmarking work completed by AdvanceRIT, the steering committee vetted the draft policy statement and proposed program options with stakeholders and created an implementation schedule for the programs. Future work of this group will be to look at evaluation data on the program after a period of time and evaluate program effectiveness.
 

Dual Career Program Steering Committee

  • Margaret Bailey, AdvanceRIT PI
  • Judy Bender, Dual Career Program Co-Chair, Assistant VP of Human Resources
  • Tina Karol, Senior Commodity Manager of Procurement Services, Retired
  • Nabil Nasr, Dual Career Program Co-Chair, Associate Provost Academic Affairs, Director of GIS
  • Sue Provenzano, Assistant VP to the Provost, Office of the Provost & Sr. VP for Academic Affairs
  • Judy Rolwing, Senior Human Resources Services Manager
  • Maureen Valentine, AdvanceRIT Co-PI

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Dual Career Program support same sex unions?

The program supports all unions as defined by RIT’s Domestic Partner Benefit policy that can be found on the HR Benefits page

Does the tenure-track faculty candidate need to inform the faculty search committee of her/his interest in participating in the program?

Disclosure of participation in the program is optional.

Who is eligible to participate in the Dual Career Program?

Spouses/partners of newly hired full time tenure-track faculty who are relocating to the Rochester area. See RIT’s Domestic Partner Benefit policy that can be found on the HR Benefits page for more information.

When can a spouse/partner fill out an application?

The application can be completed to indicate interest in the program any time after the tenure-track faculty candidate has been scheduled for an onsite interview. 

Where does the completed application go?

Please email the completed application to careers@rit.edu.

When is the trailing spouse/partner contacted by HR?

Support through program will begins after spouse/partner has received a written offer from RIT. The trailing spouse/partner will be contacted by HR Recruitment within two weeks of the date received to set up an exploratory phone interview.

What happens to the spouse/partner resume or CV after the exploratory interview with HR?

After the exploratory phone interview, the spouse/partner resume or CV will be forwarded to departments where there may be related positions for review and possible consideration.

Where should questions be directed?

Check with the College Liaison for the college where the tenure-track faculty candidate will be employed. In addition, the spouse/partner can direct their questions to careers@rit.edu with the subject line “Dual Career Program”.