ERIC Number: ED471741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
An Analysis of Faculty Attitudes Toward Promotion and Tenure.
Diamantes, Thomas; Roby, Douglas E.; Hambright, Grant W.
This study is a preliminary investigation of faculty attitudes toward the processes of promotion and tenure in higher education. It began when several colleagues joined to submit proposals to a national conference establishing a panel to discuss promotion and tenure, which were subsequently accepted. The panel proposal consisted of: (1) a comparison and analysis of the tenure and promotion process at two institutions: (2) an analysis of mentoring a newly hired nontenured colleague for the academic year; (3) an analysis of being mentored during the entry year at an institution; and (4) an analysis of the promotion and tenure process from the perspective of a female who later became an administrator. The conference attendees posed even more questions, and, as a result, a focus group was formed. Focus group results and a literature review were used to construct a questionnaire that was completed by 35 faculty members at a meeting. A chi square analysis revealed three statistically significant items, with two others on the borderline. Tenured and nontenured faculty members differed in perceptions of the importance of collegiality and collaboration and in their perceptions of the relative importance of securing grants to the promotion and tenure process. Females were more likely to think that the criteria for tenure decisions were not well known. These findings point to the need for additional study of promotion and tenure processes. An appendix contains the faculty questionnaire. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Faculty Promotion, Grants, Higher Education, Mentors, Nontenured Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Tenure, Tenured Faculty
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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