Education: Marriage of the Minds

Shared appointments wed professional and private lives

At Hampshire College in western Massachusetts, the faculty name plates on office doors read like an academic version of All in the Family. In the science building alone, for example, one door is labeled BEV AND FRED HARTLINE, GEOPHYSICS, another AL AND ANN WOODHULL, BIOLOGY, and, down the hall, KURTISS AND COURTNEY GORDON, ASTRONOMY.

Hampshire's couple's name plates are symbolic of a growing academic phenomenon: the shared appointment in which a single faculty slot is filled with a husband-wife duo. In such a case, the couple share...

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