Should academic couples think of their jobs as part of a single academic career?

April 17, 2018

For academics in a committed relationship, it might be beneficial to think of their individual jobs as part of one combined academic career, writes Joshua Kim. The author notes two major factors that might drive this situation: the massive gap between tenure-track and part-time employment, and the mismatch between supply and demand for PhDs. Kim then suggests that, as landing two well-paid academic positions becomes increasingly rare for couples, these same couples might need to begin thinking of their professional aspirations within the context of a combined academic career. Inside Higher Ed