ERIC Number: ED466107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Out of the Ordinary: The Anomalous Academic. A Report of Research Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Leslie, David W.; Walke, James T.
This study was conducted to provide information about an anomalous population of college and university faculty, those who hold or are eligible for tenure, but whose employment is part-time. This is an unusual arrangement, but the study of the attitudes of such faculty members may provide insight into the preferences and career decisions a more diverse faculty may choose in the future. The study drew on findings of the National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty (National Center for Education Statistics) and a survey completed by representatives of 83 colleges and universities. The principal finding was that age and gender interact to lead men and women to different career paths at different stages. This finding reinforces the view that future faculty will need and may choose options that many colleges and universities have yet to provide. Family circumstances, the tenure clock, ambivalence about relative emphases on teaching and research, and an array of personal concerns all appear to affect career decisions and trajectories among those who have chosen a nontraditional path. (Contains 24 tables and 12 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Career Choice, College Faculty, Diversity (Faculty), Employment Patterns, Higher Education, Part Time Faculty, Sex Differences, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Surveys
For full text: http://www.wm.edu/education/Faculty/Leslie/anomacad.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.