National Science Foundation



February 28, 2014
The University of Texas-Pan American
Edinburg, Texas

Featured Speakers

Dr. Beth Mitchneck, National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program Director

Dr. Andrea Rees Davies, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University and co-author of Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know

Dr. Lisa Wolf-Wendel, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Kansas and co-author of The Two-Body Problem: Dual-Career-Couple Hiring Practices in Higher Education.


The University of Texas- Pan American will host a 1-day symposium on Friday February 28th (with an evening reception on Thursday February 27th) on dual-career policies, practices, and outcomes in academia, particularly as they relate to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty, especially Hispanic women, in STEM academic fields. The program features dual-career hiring experts and scholars from the University of California-Davis, University of Chicago, Harvard University, University of Kansas, University of Maine, Montana State University (Bozeman), University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, University of Virginia, and Washington State University. Session topics include “Successes and Challenges in Dual-Career Hiring,” “Institutional and Regional Collaboration in Dual-Career Hiring,” and “Voices from the Field: Dual-Career Hiring Findings and Strategies for Success.”



The speakers and sessions are geared toward faculty, academic administrators, dual-career consultants, faculty recruitment professionals, and higher education professionals. The symposium will help UTPA, and other participating institutions, in developing sustainable dual-career policies for faculty while raising awareness of the issues confronting women in dual-career couples. The event aims to foster institutional collaborations at the regional/national levels and provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and best practices in dual- career hiring and support services.
The event is sponsored by the NSF ADVANCE Program at UTPA in partnership with UTPA’s Women’s Faculty Network, the Faculty Senate, and the Council of Chairs.