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ERIC Number: ED138196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-7
Pages: 21
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Effects of Extra-Departmental Associations on Promotion Among Research Faculty.
Toombs, William; Sams, Henry
The relationship between advancement in academic rank and various kinds of professional associations was empirically explored. Ten percent of the active research faculty at a large university were surveyed. Using statistical analyses, academic rank was correlated separately with two types of associations: five internal affiliations one might hold in addition to a regular faculty appointment, and five external professional associations. Three career stages were established on the basis of age (under 40 years, 40 to 54 years, and over) and data reported under these headings. Findings showed that the effects of extra-faculty associations differ substantially among the three career groups. In the early career stage, internal attachments were more closely associated with rank, but diversions from the discipline line slowed promotion. In the middle years, three distinct career lines appeared (teacher-scholar, academic administrator, and research specialist) and each option related favorably to promotion. At this stage, national participation in panels, juries, or reading committees was the strongest factor for advancement. In the later career years, outside associations carried little weight and were largely negative. Internal associations were significant at this stage, but unconventional associations and joint faculty relationships had sidetracking effects. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York City, April, 1977)