Duquesne has joined the regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), a collaboration that will support the University’s efforts to recruit talented and diverse employees and to assist dual-career couples in search of employment within our region.
HERC—which consists of more than 30 distinguished colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, and research institutes in the Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia area—manages one of the largest databases of higher education and related jobs.
“The decision to accept a job frequently becomes contingent upon an offer of job search assistance and opportunities for the candidate’s accompanying partner,” explained Ryan Dawson, associate director of human resources.
The collaboration is a leading example of the higher education community working together to advance the region.
The HERC website features a free search engine for individuals seeking employment in higher education at all member institutions. This is especially useful for dual-academic couples seeking work in a specified sub-region.
Dawson also cited a Clayman Institute study that suggests more than a third of university faculty nationally have a spouse or partner who also works in academia. Another 36 percent have a partner employed outside of higher education.
In addition to providing a valuable tool for recruiting and retaining faculty, the partnership will provide an employment resource for family members of all University employees.