Ohio State and Case Western Reserve universities are teaming up to help dual career couples working in higher education find closely-situated jobs.
The schools are scheduled to launch the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium this spring. Through the partnership, an online portal will provide couples with information on higher education and other professional job openings within a commutable distance. Finding nearby employment remains a common problem in higher education. An estimated 33 percent of U.S. academics are partnered with other academics. Another third of partners are in outside professional fields. Ohio State's federally funded efforts toward gender equity helped the university secure a $340,000 National Science Foundation grant making the effort possible. Institutions and businesses may join the consortium for an annual fee ranging from $3,000 to $7,000 a year.