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Washington and Lee University Joins Mid-Atlantic Employment Network

— by on October 3rd, 2008

Washington and Lee University has taken a leading role in the development of a collaborative employment network for faculty, staff, and administrators at 19 leading higher education and research institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Consortium (Mid-Atlantic HERC) is headquartered at Loyola College in Maryland. W&L is sharing leadership of the project with Loyola, the University of Richmond and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The partnership’s first product is a comprehensive, easily accessible job bank featuring faculty, staff and administrative postings at institutions in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.. The new Web site is available at www.midatlanticherc.org. This Mid-Atlantic HERC joins partnerships in 10 other regions throughout the country, all of which are part of the national Higher Education Recruitment Consortium network.

“We are delighted to be part of this new network,” said Amy Barnes, executive director of human resources at W&L. “This will provide us with a valuable new tool for recruiting and retaining faculty and staff and also provides excellent resources for all W&L employees.

In addition to promoting a collaborative employment network, the participant institutions will best practices for addressing recruitment and retention issues.

The centrality of job postings and regional resources, as well as the site’s ability to accommodate dual-career searches, distinguishes the Mid-Atlantic HERC from other employment Web sites. Dual-career searches are particularly relevant in higher education and research centers, as research indicates that more than 35 percent of male faculty and 40 percent of female faculty have spouses and partners who are also faculty members.

In addition to Loyola, Richmond, Washington and Lee and NIH, Mid-Atlantic HERC member institutions include:

For more information about the consortium contact the Mid-Atlantic HERC director at midatlanticherc@loyola.edu or 410.617.1650