The Current Climate
A significant proportion of women STEM scientists seeking academic positions have partners who need appropriate professional employment in the same region.
- 36% of academics in the United States have a partner who also works in academia.
- 83% of female scientists have a partner in academic science, typically in a similar field (Schiebinger, Henderson, & Gilmartin, 2008).
- Among those women who are part of academic couples, women are more likely than men to resign from their career to support their partner’s career advancement.
- Women STEM scientists are also more concerned than men STEM scientists with how to make a dual professional career partnership possible.
At UC, in 2012, 11% of STEM faculty had partners who were also on the UC faculty (versus 7% of all faculty). Our results are lower than the 36% national number for all academics for at least two reasons.
- We examined only people in the AAUP faculty bargaining unit, thereby missing people whose partners might be in research positions at UC but not formally on the faculty.
- We could examine only UC employees, and not people who might be partners of UC faculty but who have jobs at places like Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or elsewhere in the region.
Nevertheless, the results would seem to suggest that UC might have a serious problem in not doing more to recruit dual career couples.