ERIC Number: ED355859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Job Satisfaction: Women and Minorities in Peril. ERIC Digest.
Tack, Martha W.; Patitu, Carol L.
This brief paper summarizes a full length report of the same title on the faculty job satisfaction of women and minorities. In light of probable faculty shortages in the coming decades and the need for increasingly diverse college faculty, institutions must make faculty positions attractive to women and minorities. Current trends, low faculty salaries, few women and minorities in the education pipeline, and low current job satisfaction suggest an impending shortage of willing and able women and minority candidates. Stressors affecting women and minority faculty members include internal, workplace and lifestyle factors. In general women faculty members are less satisfied with their positions than their male counterparts. They represent a small percentage of the faculty cohort, make lower salaries, are found in the lower professional ranks, are often employed part-time, represent disciplines typically reserved for females, work in less prestigious institutions, feel their supervisors do not value their input, and are not tenured. Minority faculty, when compared to white counterparts, are less likely to be tenured, are concentrated in the lower ranks, are concerned about low salaries, feel isolated and unsupported, and often encounter prejudice and discrimination. Solutions to the job satisfaction problems for women and minorities must include a variety of recruiting and retention strategies. (Contains 7 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Employment Patterns, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Labor Market, Minority Group Teachers, Racial Discrimination, Racial Relations, Sex Differences, Stress Variables, Teacher Attitudes, Women Faculty
ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, 1 Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($1).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.