I'd like to see a post on couples finding a dual positions somewhere. It would be nice to see what success looks like in this arena. It's hard to know how to go about solving this problem when you have no idea what possible solutions look like. E.g. Is it possible to get 2 tt positions? If so, how? Do most resign themselves to a tt position with a permanent, but not Tt position for the other? Any instances of job-sharing? What does the negotiation process look like for these sorts of things?
When I talk to senior academics about this, they are about as clueless as well meaning non-academic friends and family:"why don't you just find positions in the same city?" Or. "Hey, there are other colleges nearby, has your wife tried applying to these?"
Great questions. I have very little clue what the answers are. I've heard (only very anecdotally) that it is rare to obtain dual TT positions--and that it's more common for one person to get a TT job and then the other person either a non-TT job at the same university or a nearby one (including nearby community colleges). However, I have no idea how accurate these anecdotes are, or how one actually goes about seeking dual positions.
Is there anyone with experience with these matters willing to share some insight?