ERIC Number: ED129136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Young Doctorate Faculty in Selected Science and Engineering Departments, 1975-1980. Higher Education Panel Reports, No. 30.
Atelsek, Frank J.; Gomberg, Irene L.
Focus in this survey, conducted at the request of the National Science Foundation, is on young doctorate faculty (i.e., those receiving their Ph.D. in the last five years) employed full-time in science and engineering departments at Ph.D.-granting institutions. Questionnaire responses were obtained from 1,148 departments at 137 institutions. They indicate that the proportions of young faculty members have been declining over the past seven years and, in most fields, are estimated to continue to decline. The situation appears most critical in the fields of physics, biology, geology, mathematics, and mining and mineral engineering, physiology, and zoology. In all these fields, the proportions of young doctorates--either in 1975 or as estimated for 1980 or both--fall below what is regarded by most department heads as the most desirable proportion. Those department heads who expressed concern about the age imbalance within their faculties suggested a variety of means for increasing the proportion of young doctorates. Generally, however, they are not optimistic that these means will be adopted in the near future. (LBH)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Age, College Faculty, Doctoral Degrees, Engineering, Faculty Recruitment, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Science Departments, Statistical Surveys
Higher Education Panel, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.