Career Partners — FTE Program

The Career Partners Program was formally initiated at UCI in 1997-98 in response to the employment needs of dual-career academic partners. UCI recognizes the importance of an environment in which frequently more than just a single faculty appointment must be considered.

The primary goal of the Career Partners Program is to recruit excellent new faculty to join the regular professorial ranks. In exceptional cases, this program may be used for the retention of current faculty. The Career Partners Program using shared FTE is not the only avenue through which a unit might pursue a partner hire. Deans may choose to set aside portions of their resource allocations to be used exclusively for partner hires.

FundingCareer Partner RequestsAppointment Process

Funding for Career Partners is accomplished through a three-way partnership:

  1. the recruiting unit of the primary appointee provides 1/3 FTE
  2. the host unit of the spouse/partner provides 1/3 FTE
  3. the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor provides 1/3 FTE

When the Career Partners Program involves collaboration with the School of Medicine, the partial FTE provided by a general campus unit and by the Executive Vice Chancellor must be filled in a general campus unit.

Should a Career Partner recruitment prove unsuccessful, or if a Career Partner incumbent leaves UCI, the partial FTE’s supporting the position will revert to their originating units.

After the primary recruiting unit and the partner’s unit have agreed to pursue the Career Partner hire, the Chair of the primary unit should submit a request to the Executive Vice Chancellor for the final 1/3 FTE. This request should include

  1. An explanation of the primary recruitment effort giving rise to the request for a Career Partner position;
  2. Statements of support for the proposal from the Chair and Dean of the primary recruiting unit with commitment of 1/3 FTE;
  3. Statements of support from the Chair and Dean of the proposed host unit of the spouse/partner with commitment of 1/3 FTE.

Once the Executive Vice Chancellor has approved the request for the final 1/3 FTE, the recruiting and co-sponsoring units will be authorized to proceed with the Career Partner appointment according to existing campus procedures.

The appointment process for a Career Partner hire will follow the normal Academic Personnel procedures for faculty appointments, including review by the Council on Academic Personnel. The required file documentation for the appointment at the proposed rank should be assembled by the spouse/partner’s department and submitted through normal channels via the Dean’s Office to Academic Personnel. Each case will be judged on its academic merit, and the appointee should not be referred to as a “career partner hire” within the dossier.

Questions about this program and the required documentation may be directed to Vice Provost Diane O’Dowd at (949) 824-0663 or by e-mail:

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