ERIC Number: ED312459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Supply and Demand for University Technology Faculty: 1986-87 Position Vacancy and Search Results Analysis. Research in Technology Education Series--Report #2.
Erekson, Thomas L.; McAlister, Brian K.
A study examined the search for university technology faculty members during 1986-87. The 71 position announcements in departments listed in the Industrial Teacher Education Directory and/or the Chronicle of Higher Education were analyzed. The heads of those departments were surveyed to find out the status of the search and the characteristics of those hired. The response rate for the survey was 95.8 percent. The following were among the study's findings: (1) only 66.2 percent of the responding departments had filled their vacancy; (2) the number of applications received for each position ranged from 2 to 40, with one exception being a department that received 120 applications; (3) about two-fifths of the respondents reported receiving four or fewer applications per position from thoroughly qualified candidates; (4) 55.7 percent interviewed two or three candidates, 18 percent interviewed only one, and 16 percent interviewed four or five candidates; (5) the majority of successful candidates had doctorates; (6) 23 were hired at the rank of assistant professor, eight at associate professor, five at professor, seven at lecturer, and one with no rank; (7) the previous position most often held was employment at other universities; and (8) the candidates' technical expertise, doctorate, teaching experience, scholarly work, and recommendations were considered (in that order of importance) in the hiring decisions. (A list of six references is included in the document.) (CML)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), College Faculty, Competitive Selection, Education Work Relationship, Employment Interviews, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Labor Market, Personnel Selection, Professional Occupations, Search Committees (Personnel), Teacher Supply and Demand, Technical Education, Trade and Industrial Teachers, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Note: For 1987-88 study, see CE 053 560.