ERIC Number: ED339299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: Current Status, Future Prospects, Remaining Research Questions. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Chronister, Jay L.; And Others
This study used available data to develop an initial profile of non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty in comparison to their non-tenured but tenure track (TT) counterparts and to develop questions to guide future study of this group. Using data from a 1989 survey of the professorate conducted by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the study analyzed the responses of 832 untenured but tenure-track faculty and 183 non-tenure-track faculty all teaching full-time at four-year colleges. Findings suggest that academic life without tenure is characterized by stress and uncertainty for both groups. NTT professors were generally older, less mobile professionally and employed at primarily teaching-oriented institutions. NTT faculty were less actively involved in scholarship though many attempted to maintain a research agenda. Women comprised a larger proportion of the NTT group; the interrupted career patterns common among women and other factors may account for this difference. NTT faculty also expressed less optimism about their prospects for future career advancement in higher education. Includes 7 tables and 15 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).