ERIC Number: ED352908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
On Becoming Tenured: Acquiring Academic Tenure at a Research University. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Verrier, David A.
This study explored how junior faculty perceive the academic tenure system impacting on their personal and professional lives and how they cope with the process. Using theoretical principles rooted in the tradition of phenomenology, the study conducted three in-depth phenomenological interviews with 18 assistant professors who explored, recreated, and reflected on episodes of their recent and distant pasts. The participants came from diverse disciplines within the university. This paper presents the narratives of four of these faculty members and an analysis. Findings indicated that females were more likely than males to mention the influence of parental expectations on their emerging career interests and appraisal of their potential; that many participants had a preoccupation with knowing where they stand in the tenure process and a craving for specific indices; that most departments are characterized by a culture of competition; and that, although males and females both struggle with the issue of social expectations, males appeared more likely to arrive at a decisive stand and point of resolution while females continually feel ambivalent. (Contains 48 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Career Development, College Faculty, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Promotion, Faculty Publishing, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Interviews, Nontenured Faculty, Publish or Perish Issue, Science Teachers, Sex Differences, Success, Teacher Attitudes, Tenure, Women Faculty
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A