The college knows that providing support for partners and spouses is crucial for attracting and retaining tenure-track faculty. Eighty-four percent of our tenure-line faculty are married or partnered.
Listed below are questions frequently asked by hiring units, current and prospective tenure-track faculty:
Is it possible for the college to employ faculty spouses and partners?
What employment resources are available at the college for faculty spouses and partners?
What kinds of faculty positions may be available for an academic partner or spouse of tenure-track faculty?
Upon learning that a tenure-track finalist or job offeree has an academic partner/spouse interested in an academic position at Williams College, the Dean of the Faculty works with hiring chairs and the chairs of other relevant departments and programs to try to craft an appropriate teaching position.
Such positions are most likely to be short-term visiting positions (1-3 years) intended to offer teaching experience, involvement in the intellectual community, and networking and professional development opportunities (by providing access to First3 and other opportunities such as roundtables and publishing day) so that the academic partner/spouse has a local base from which to seek longer-term academic positions, ideally within driving distance. Less frequently, it may be possible for an academic partner/spouse to become a continuing member of the Williams faculty, either as a lecturer or (rarely) tenure-line faculty member.
Candidates may choose to disclose that they have an academic partner/spouse at any stage in the search process; hiring chairs ought to communicate with the Dean of the Faculty as soon as they learn about an academic partner/spouse interested in an academic opportunity at the college.