ERIC Number: ED217824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Retention Revisited: A Follow-Up Study of Female/Male Non-tenured Faculty Perceptions on Retention, Professional Development and Quality of Life.
Lovano-Kerr, Jessie; Fuchs, Rachel G.
A followup study of perceptions held by female and male nontenured faculty concerning retention, professional development, and quality of life was conducted. The followup study included faculty hired since 1975 who were previously studied in 1979, along with faculty hired since 1979. In March 1981, questionnaires were mailed to 116 women and 189 male faculty, and the response rate was 59 percent for women and 55 percent for men. Of this group, 13 male faculty and 14 female faculty had been tenured since the 1979 study. Both the 1979 and 1981 studies showed that: significantly more women than men were hired as instructors and lecturers; significantly more men were initially hired as assistant professors; significantly more men than women were initially hired on the tenure track; and women, on the average, were hired 2 years earlier than men. More nontenured women than men took leaves of absence for research or fellowship awards; and women served on almost twice as many school or college committees than men. The major differences between male and female nontenured faculty members in both studies pertaining to their perceptions of their professional lives were: their research; feedback received on their work; their degree of confidence in acquiring tenure; and their relationships within their departments. Men were more satisfied than women with the quantity of their research and perceived their colleagues' evaluations on the quantity and quality of their research and publications as excellent or good. Women appeared to be more satisfied than men with their teaching performance, service, and professional activities. More women than men also perceived colleague evaluations to be good or excellent on their teaching. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), College Faculty, Comparative Analysis, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Job Satisfaction, Males, Peer Evaluation, Research Projects, Sex Differences, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching (Occupation), Tenure, Women Faculty
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nontenure Faculty
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).