Consortium offers job bank, promotes collaborative employment network
TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 1, 2008)— Towson University has entered the Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), a partnership including 19 leading higher education and research institutions in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. The partnership offers a comprehensive, easily accessible job bank featuring faculty, staff and administrative postings at institutions in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., is available at the Mid-Atlantic HERC Web site. This initiative joins partnerships in 10 other regions throughout the country, all of which are part of the national Higher Education Recruitment Consortium network.
The Mid-Atlantic HERC, like its counterparts in other regions, aims to develop and promote a collaborative employment network for open faculty, administrative and staff positions at member institutions and share best practices for addressing recruitment and retention issues.
"I am pleased that Towson University is a partner in this comprehensive employment network, which will allow us to continue to attract the most talent professionals in higher education as well as learn best practices to retain our reputation as the one of the Baltimore Metro area's best places to work," said Dr. Robert L. Caret, president of Towson University.
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.
The Mid-Atlantic HERC membership includes: College of Notre Dame, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA, Stevenson University, Community College of Baltimore County, Towson University, George Mason University, University of Baltimore, Goucher College, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Hood College, UMBC, Loyola College in Maryland, University of Richmond, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Virginia, Morgan State University, Washington and Lee University,and the National Institutes of Health.