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Dual Career Program

New and prospective faculty members often relocate to Ann Arbor with a highly qualified partner who also has a thriving career and is looking for new opportunities. The Dual Career Program of LSA is available to assist partners of faculty who have applied for or accepted a faculty position, and partners of current faculty.

While we cannot guarantee placement, we have a variety of resources and advocacy to assist partners in their job searches, as well as getting settled in the Ann Arbor community.

Please fill out this inquiry form if you would like to speak with the Dual Career Coordinator about your options. Dual Career Services are confidential, and your concerns will not be discussed with the hiring department until consent is given.

You may also contact the Dual Career Coordinator directly at 734-764-2430 or

An Overview of Services

The LSA Dual Career Coordinator can assist with searches for academic or non-academic positions in the following ways: 

  • Consult with partners about the job search, help arrange informational interviews with UM and other area employers, and identify positions of interest
  • Advise and consult on effective interviewing techniques
  • Facilitate networking opportunities
  • Provide up-to-date information about the local job market and area employers
  • Facilitate the process for University employment 
  • Provide referrals for questions about immigration issues

In addition, the University is a member of the regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), which has as one of its missions assisting faculty partners in securing employment.  For partners interested in exploring a position at an academic institution other than the University of Michigan, the HERC website provides a powerful gateway to comprehensive information on current job openings at educational institutions across the State of Michigan.                          

Other valuable information and dual career resources may be found at the Office of the Provost’s dual career website.

Job Search vs. Job Placement

The success of any job search—and how long it takes— depends on such factors as the economy, the “fit” between a partner’s credentials and current job openings, and the initiative taken by the partner.  Career searches are most successful when the partner takes the lead. 

LSA’s Dual Career Program is committed to assisting partners in locating employment opportunities by offering information, personal assistance and support.  The Dual Career Program is not designed for job placement, and does not guarantee employment. 

Southeast Michigan is home to numerous employers in fields such as energy, health care, financial services, entertainment, and higher education, in addition to being the headquarters of the automotive industry.  The area’s economy is diversified, affording opportunities in a wide variety of fields.  Job availability, of course, varies by field and fluctuates with the economy.  Partners willing to commute outside of Ann Arbor will find the widest range of opportunities.


Questions can be directed to Dual Career Program Coordinator Cristy Cardinal at or 734.764.2430


Wednesday 1:30-4:00 at Espresso Royale on South State

Friday 9:30-12:00 in room 2245 in the Dean's Office


Visit Human Resources for a wealth of information about the Ann Arbor area, and comprehensive resources for partners seeking employment.