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Prof. Torin Monahan has recently been awarded a 3-year National Science Foundation grant focused on university hiring practices for—and job market experiences of—dual-career academics. With long-time research collaborator Prof. Jill A. Fisher, this Co-PI project will investigate researchers’ perceptions of dual-career academic job searches and the effects of university partner-hire policies upon their research productivity and career advancement, while also documenting the formal policies and mechanisms used by universities to support dual-career hires.

Leveraging these empirical findings, the project will culminate in the publication of an online “scorecard” of the dual-career-friendly status of all research-intensive universities in the US, along with an accompanying report for university officials and academic associations. The scorecard in particular is intended to serve as an intervention to nudge universities into adopting more partner- and family-friendly policies to correct gender, race, and other inequities in faculty hiring and retention.

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