ERIC Number: ED312460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Supply and Demand for University Technology Faculty: 1987-88 Position Vacancy and Search Results Analysis. Research in Technology Education Series--Report #4.
McAlister, Brian K.; Erekson, Thomas L.
A study examining the search for university technology faculty members during 1987-88 confirmed the finding of a similar study a year earlier that universities are having a difficult time hiring qualified faculty members. One hundred forty position announcements 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 92.9 percent. The following were among the study's findings: (1) only 56.86 percent of the responding departments had filled their vacancy, which was less than the percentage of vacancies filled during 1986-87 searches; (2) the number of applications received for each position ranged from 0 to 67, with an average of 17.3 applications; (3) about 59 percent of the department heads reported receiving four or fewer applications per position from thoroughly qualified candidates; (4) about 6 percent of the responding department heads said that more than 50 percent of the applicants were not U.S. citizens, but about 20 percent of them reported no applications from non-U.S. citizens; (5) the majority of successful candidates had doctorates; (8) the most common prior experience was employment at another university; and (9) the candidates' technical expertise, teaching experience, doctorate, recommendations, and scholarly work were considered (in that order of importance) in the hiring decisions. (A list of five 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 1986-87 study, see CE 053 559.