Dual Career Program Guidelines and Process

The EVPP Dual Career program is intended to support hiring of tenured and tenure-track faculty by assisting their partners find meaningful employment. This document describes the process and resources available in the EVPP Dual Career Program for partners seeking an academic position at UT Austin or non-academic employment at UT or in the local community.

In exceptional circumstances, the EVPP Dual Career program can be used to help support retention offers. Please contact facultyaffairs@utexas.edu for additional information for these cases.

Description and Restrictions

The intention of the EVPP Dual Career Program is to provide incentives for a college/school/unit (CSU) to hire a partner to help facilitate attracting the primary hire to UT Austin, while balancing the continual need to make every faculty hire strategic.  The appendix summarizes the EVPP funding that is available to support partner hires into academic positions.

There are two caveats to the funding:

  • When the partner and primary hires are seeking academic positions in the same department/program, EVPP funding is not guaranteed.
  • At the time of hiring, the partner line is not counted within the baseline of the partner CSU. However, the partner line may count toward the baseline at some time in the future.

The EVPP Dual Career program also offers resources to assist partners interested in non-academic positions.  The provost’s office will help to place partners in non-academic positions at UT Austin, but funding is only provided in exceptional circumstances.

Requests for Partners Seeking Academic Positions

If the partner is seeking an academic position at UT Austin, the dean and department chair or program director for the primary hire are responsible for finding the appropriate academic home for the partner.  The partner must interview in the proposed home and satisfy all academic criteria for the proposed academic position.  If this home is in a different CSU than the primary hire, the deans of both CSUs must agree to the placement of the partner before requesting assistance from the EVPP Dual Career Program.

Regardless of whether the faculty pair will be in the same or different CSUs, the following materials should be submitted using this Smartsheet link:

  1. Letter from the primary hire’s Dean (or designate) providing the following information:
    • Hiring department/program, college/school, title, and rank of the primary
    • A summary of the excellence and impact of the primary hire’s record of scholarship/creative activity and other professional contributions and the expected contributions to UT Austin through their teaching, mentorship of students, leadership, service, and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The strategic importance of primary hire’s contributions to initiatives within the school/college should be emphasized.
    • If the primary hire’s position is tenured, then the CSU should have received preapproval for a tenured tenure hire before submitting a request for a dual career hire.
    • Hiring department/program, college/school, title, and rank of partner’s academic position. If the partner hire’s position is tenured, pre-review for tenure will be conducted immediately after approval of the dual career hire, and a separate request for pre-review is not required.
      • Proposed offer for partner including (list is not exclusive or exhaustive):
      • 9-month salary and/or salary supplements (if applicable)
      • Financial split between college/school, EVPP Dual Career Program (based on appendix), and other units on campus (if applicable)
      • Appointment to an endowment or as fellow of an endowment
      • Commitment of summer salary for a specified period
      • Commitment of GRA/TA support for a specified period
      • Commitment of one-time and/or recurring discretionary funding
      • Teaching load and/or relief for a specified period
      • Commitment of research/studio space, etc.
  1. Statement from the partner hire’s Dean (or designate) providing the following information:
    1. Brief description substantiating the partner hire’s record of excellence and impact in areas of specialization related to the requested title series and rank including scholarship/creative activity, teaching, mentorship of students, leadership, service and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    2. Alignment of the partner hire with the strategic hiring interests of the proposed academic home
  2. CV of partner hire

Evaluation Criteria

The request will be reviewed by members of the EVPP Dual Career Hiring Committee (senior vice provost for academic affairs, senior vice provost for faculty affairs, senior vice provost for resource management, and vice provost for faculty diversity, equity, and inclusivity) using the following criteria:

  1. The excellence and impact of the partner’s record of scholarship/creative activity and other relevant contributions including teaching, mentorship of students, leadership, service, and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, etc.
  2. The alignment of the partner hire with the strategic hiring interests of the partner hire’s proposed CSU
  3. The alignment of the primary hire with the strategic hiring interests of the primary hire’s proposed CSU
  4. The salary structure in the receiving unit and market salary for the partner

The EVPP Dual Career Hiring Committee will respond within two working days of receipt of all relevant materials. 

Requests for Partners Seeking Non-Academic Employment

If the partner is seeking a non-academic position, the following information should be submitted here to connect the partner with Texas Career Services:

  1. Letter from the primary hire’s Dean (or designate) outlining the hiring department/ program, college/school, title and rank of the primary hire (Note that if the primary hire’s position is tenured, then they should already have been pre-approved for tenure)
  2. Brief description of the type of position being sought by the partner.
  3. CV of partner hire

Texas Career Services provides the following services in support of a partner seeking a non-academic position:

  • Making initial contact with the partner and identifying the type of employment sought
  • Communicating with partner to understand their professional goals and ambitions
  • Providing career counseling and coaching, and information and advice on such job-related topics as conducting a job search, resume writing, cover letters, informational interviews, and job interviews
  • Identifying suitable employment opportunities for the partner based on their career goals and other employment-related objectives via reviewing job postings at UT Austin and in the local area and leveraging the Career Services specialist’s network.

Partners Seeking Academic Positions

Submit required review materials as outlined on this page at the link below.

Submit here

Partners Seeking Non-Academic Positions

Submit required review materials as outlined on this page at the link below.

Submit here