ERIC Number: ED418622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
The Impact of Social Interaction Norms and Reward System Norms on Underrepresented Faculty at a Four-Year Public Urban University. A Preliminary Report.
This study examined how social interaction norms and promotion and tenure norms effected job satisfaction, focusing on how these variables effected on underrepresented faculty at a predominantly white, four-year, public, urban university. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with a total of nine faculty (white male, white female, and female and male faculty of color), all with eight or fewer years of service at the institution. Several norms emerged from interview questions relating to issues of social interaction and reward systems, including rank-based hierarchy, silence of untenured faculty, middle class culture, individualism, collegiality, the professorial image, the importance of grants and publications, and inadequate salaries. The implications of these norms are discussed in relation to job satisfaction among majority- and minority-group faculty. Recommendations for improving underrepresented faculty satisfaction and retention are included. An appendix provides copies of the original interview protocol, a follow-up interview protocol, and a revised protocol for future interviews. (Contains 46 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Behavior Standards, College Faculty, Collegiality, Faculty Publishing, Higher Education, Individualism, Job Satisfaction, Labor Turnover, Middle Class Culture, Minority Groups, Promotion (Occupational), Public Colleges, Racial Differences, Salaries, Sex Differences, Social Behavior, Socioeconomic Influences, Teacher Attitudes, Tenure, Urban Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented as a poster at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Memphis, TN, October 1996).