Faculty Couples, for Better or Worse

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Dak Dillon for The Chronicle

Alexandru Radulescu and Marina Folescu are the latest faculty couple to join the U. of Missouri's philosophy department.

To lure top professors to this somewhat isolated Midwestern town, the University of Missouri often hires two by two.

For academic couples, landing two faculty jobs on one campus is a dream. For the university, the hiring strategy is an effort to establish an ideal workplace, one where professors are as happy in the lab as they are at home—in part because they are relieved of the common academic burden of a commuter marriage.

But the practice