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Dual Career Conference - June 4-5, 2009 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia

Dr. Patricia Hyer, Associate Provost for Academic Administration, Virginia Tech

Dr. Patricia Hyer joined the staff of the Virginia Tech Provost's Office in 1987, where she oversees faculty personnel issues and is deeply engaged in policy, governance, and diversity efforts. Hyer has long been involved in women's issues at Old Dominion University and at Virginia Tech -- she was a key leader in establishing women's centers on both campuses. Over the years, she has worked with others at Virginia Tech to move the institution from a historical legacy of exclusion of women and minorities to a point where there are wide-ranging policies and programs to support the university's commitment to diversity. She is co-author and co-principal investigator of a $3.5M NSF Advance grant to promote institutional transformation for women faculty in science and engineering at Virginia Tech. Hyer has led initiatives related to new and revised work-life policies, dual career hiring, daycare, department head training, and institutional data analysis. These efforts, along with other grant-based initiatives led by members of the AdvanceVT team and the provost, have provided an integrated set of policies and programs to address barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty members in STEM fields.

Rose Chavez-Uncapher, Dual Career Program Coordinator, West Virginia University

Rose Chavez-Uncapher is West Virginia University's Dual Career Coordinator and Senior Employment Specialist responsible for recruitment within the Division of Human Resources. She launched the Dual Career Program in the fall of 2007. In its first year of operation the Dual Career Program assisted over fifty clients with their job search, significantly adding to the attraction and retention of WVU faculty. Rose holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and her Professional in Human Resources certification from Society for Human Resource Management. In her spare time she enjoys cycling/spinning, reading and spending time with her family.

Paula Alfone, Director, Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

Paula Alfone founded the Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and became its director in July 2008. As director of the Mid-Atlantic HERC, Paula provides leadership in establishing partnerships that build and expand the value of the consortium to members and jobseekers, and facilitates a professional network to help member institutions with recruitment and retention issues. The Mid-Atlantic HERC launched its website on October 1, 2008 with 19 members and has increased its membership by over 23% since that time.

Paula came to the Mid-Atlantic HERC by way of Loyola College in Maryland (lead institution) where she served for the past 22 years as the Director of Personnel Administration and the Director of Recruitment and Employment in the College's Human Resources department.

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