The Academic Career Network (ACN) was established as an inter-institutional means of addressing a critical need within the Academy. The significant number of dual-career couples, who seek neighboring positions so that they can live together when one has an opportunity to take a position at an academic institution, is posing real challenges for colleges and universities in both retaining and recruiting top-notch candidates. However, very few schools have the financial means to add new full-time academic or administrative positions for faculty partners, resulting in a seemingly intractable dilemma for couples and schools alike.
ACN, conceived as a joint effort of the academic deans of Five Colleges, Incorporated (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst), strives to put more resources at the disposal of these couples as they explore employment opportunities within the region where one of them is currently teaching or has an offer of employment. The links found on this website are one such resource, making it simple to access postings at more than 150 colleges and universities in the region.
Initially established in the spring of 2003 with a planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ACN has continued to evolve, grow and change in response to its members and those they seek to serve. ACN includes in its mission support for the efforts of its member colleges and universities to achieve greater diversity in their faculties and in their staffs.
Our institutions allow participation in many faculty development workshops to academic partners and spouses of employees. Some campuses offer programs that are open to those from other institutions.
In the neighborhood of the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts (home to the Five College consortium), as part of ACN services, Five Colleges, Incorporated also operates a listserv on which deans and HR directors share resumes of job-seeking partners and spouses.