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Opportunities for Spouses & Partners


Dual-career employment is a national issue and one that Hamilton continues to address as we endeavor to recruit and retain a talented and dedicated faculty. Described below is a variety of initiatives at Hamilton to assist couples as they find ways to become more fully engaged in the college or the community.

(Please see also the information on the page for our Family Relocation Support Team.)

Faculty members, job candidates, and new hires should discuss concerns around dual careers with the chairs of their department as well as the Associate Dean of Faculty. While the College cannot and does not guarantee job placement for both members of a couple, there are informational resources that may be helpful and possible opportunities for employment, contingent on available resources, for the spouse or partner of a faculty hire.

Staff/Administrative Appointments

Many spouses or partners of members of the Hamilton faculty have employment in staff or administrative positions at the college. Spouses or partners who are qualified for open positions are encouraged to apply. If your spouse or partner has applied for such a position, please notify the Associate Dean of the Faculty, who can contact the hiring officer to ensure that full consideration is given to the application. Follow the links below for information regarding current opportunities:

Current Administrative and Staff Openings at Hamilton
 

There may be similar opportunities at nearby colleges and universities:

Current Staff and Administrative Openings at Colgate University
Current Openings at Utica College
Current Administrative Openings at Cazenovia College
Current Staff Openings at Cazenovia College
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at Morrisville State College
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at Herkimer County Community College
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at Mohawk Valley Community College
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at LeMoyne College
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at Syracuse University
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at SUNY Cobleskill
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at SUNY Upstate Medical University
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at Cayuga Community College
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Current Staff and Administrative Openings at Onondaga Community College

Opportunities for staff or employment at nearby colleges and universities can also be found at the website of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

Job Search Assistance

Information about job listings in central New York can be found at this New York State Department of Labor webpage and at the New York State Job Bank. You might also find this Career Fact Sheet helpful.

Members of the Human Resources staff at Hamilton College can provide job search assistance to spouses or partners of faculty members, or they can provide referral to local search firms. For further information, contact a member of our Family Relocation Support Team.

Scholar-in-Residence

An academic spouse/partner may apply to the Dean of Faculty to be appointed as a Scholar-in-Residence.  This position is not compensated, but it does provide a title as well as access to certain College facilities, including the Mail Center, computer labs, Burke and other libraries, and dining halls, and one can apply for a Hamilton email account. (N.B., the use of specific departmentally-based facilities requires approval of the appropriate department chair.) To be considered for appointment as a Scholar-in-Residence, send the Dean of Faculty a current CV and a short paragraph describing a scholarly or creative project for which access to Hamilton facilities, such as the library, is necessary.

Occasionally a Scholar-in-Residence may be hired, as needs arise, as an adjunct faculty member or as a leave replacement, as described below.

Adjunct Faculty Appointment

At the request of a department and with the approval of the Dean, a spouse/partner with a terminal degree may be able to offer a course as an adjunct professor. Adjunct professors hold the title of Lecturer and are paid $6,500 for one course; benefits are not provided. Normally, adjuncts are appointed to teach one course a year with a semester-based contract.  A department needs to submit a request that the spouse/partner be hired to teach a specific course, including a curricular justification for offering it, to the Associate Dean of Faculty. Decisions about appointments are made on a yearly basis, and departments must make the request for the appointment each year.

Temporary Leave Replacement

Spouses or partners who are qualified for open, temporary positions in an academic department are given preferred consideration when they apply as candidates. These positions typically are full-time or nearly full-time and corresponding benefits are provided.

Shared Positions

Shared positions involve splitting a position between the two members of a couple, who have both applied in response to a national search and whose expertise would meet identified needs of an academic department or program.  Most often this is a tenured or tenure-track position.  As indicated in Hamilton’s Faculty Handbook, “A full-time position may be shared by two appointees, each of whom shall normally teach a five-course load over a two-year period, and who shall be considered as separate part-time appointees for the purposes of reappointment, tenure, and promotion” (p. 27). 

Contact Information


Office of the Dean of Faculty

Buttrick Hall
315-859-4601 315-859-4677
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