Colorado State University is committed to advancing the ranks of outstanding faculty by facilitating the career success of accompanying spouses and partners. In today’s world of career driven citizens, it is very common for our most promising candidates for faculty positions to have a highly trained, professional partner that is seeking a fulfilling position in Northern Colorado as well. We are fortunate to have a strong local economy that includes a plethora of business opportunities in our region. Our aim in the Provost’s Office is to facilitate contact with appropriate employers and, for those with aspirations for an academic position, we help explore a range of possibilities to find a suitable position in academia in Northern Colorado.

Our services are available to spouses or partners of current or new tenure-track and tenured faculty. We also provide support for incoming administrative leaders for CSU.

Examples of the services we provide include:

  • Assistance in contacting potential employers in the Northern Colorado region
  • Assistance in exploring faculty positions at CSU and other Northern Colorado institutions
  • Assistance in exploring non-faculty employment at CSU and other institutions
  • Assistance in developing effective application materials

The aim of the dual career program at CSU is to provide a central resource that facilitates effective career searches for the spouses and partners of current and future faculty at CSU. While we hope for the best outcomes, we can not guarantee success.

For questions and help in initiating our assistance in a dual career job search, please contact Sue James, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs ( or call 970-491-0212)

Academic Partners:

Accompanying academic partners are often looking for professional opportunities at CSU.  There are a variety of options in helping these individuals, depending on their background and available resources on campus.  These options include (but aren’t limited to): 1) looking for and facilitating the acquisition of an administrative professional or other position on campus, 2) hiring this individual into a special faculty appointment position that may focus on teaching and/or research and 3) hiring this person directly into a tenure track position.

A special, non-tenure track faculty position may be an end in itself, or a short term (one to several years) position on a pathway to a later tenure track position IF the necessary resources and departmental support come together at a later date.  While this has been successful many times, acquiring the necessary future funding and other support simply does not always fall into place. Funds for a limited-term special faculty appointment are often assembled from the hiring department, the college, the Provost’s office and when appropriate, the Vice President for Research.

Hiring an accompanying partner into a tenure track position requires several steps and some stars aligning with timing and resources.  Once the hiring department becomes aware there is an accompanying academic, they should request an up-to-date CV from that person, and determine what department on campus might be an appropriate fit. This is the right time to let the Dean of the college or the hiring department know about this aspect of the hire.  The Chair of the hiring department then contacts the Chair of the target department and informs that person of the dual career challenge and passes the CV on to that person. The Chair of the target department reviews the CV for the suitability of the that person’s area of expertise and achievements as a possible tenure track faculty member.  If there is promise, the Chair may then share the CV among the faculty to gauge support for hiring the partner and bring the Dean of the college into the conversation.  If there is support and interest from both departments and colleges, the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs should be brought into the loop.  CSU’s model for funding such a hire, as outlined above, requires support from the initial hiring department, the target department, and the Provost.  The departments’ respective investment is usually 1/3 of base funding.   The departments have to have resources available, and the target department has to have support from the faculty to hire into the scholarly area of the partner.  There can be some flexibility in funding, as bridge funding may be arranged to get to a permanent solution.