ERIC Number: ED390455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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Faculty Turnover: An Analysis by Rank, Gender, Ethnicity and Reason.
Honeyman, David S., Jr.; Summers, Susan Robinson
In spring 1992, a study was conducted to determine factors associated with the attrition of faculty at the University of Florida (UF) from fiscal year (FY) 1989 through FY 1990. Specifically, the study sought to determine the relative level of turnover at UF compared to other institutions, the demographics of and motives given by leaving faculty, and the effect of faculty rank on turnover. Data were collected through surveys of the deans of all 13 Colleges at UF and demographic data provided in a 1992 University Fact Book. Study results included the following: (1) over the period, 209 faculty members left, comprising 7% of the total full-time equivalent faculty and within acceptable levels compared to attrition at other institutions; (2) women and ethnic minorities left in disproportionately high numbers, accounting for 37.3% and 13.4% of the turnover group, but only 16% and 10% of all faculty, respectively; (3) 42% of the faculty left the university for work at another academic institution and 43% left academia entirely to work in the business, industry, and private practice sectors; and (4) the lowest ranking faculty members left in larger numbers than the highest ranked, with only 16% of the turnover group holding the rank of full professor, compared to 52% holding the rank of assistant professor. Contains 12 references. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: University of Florida
Note: In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Successful College Teaching (18th, Orlando, Florida, February 26-28, 1994); see JC 960 033.