ERIC Number: ED482449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May-14
Faculty Productivity in Supervising Doctoral Students' Dissertations at Cornell University.
Crosta, Peter M.; Packman, Iris G.
This study used data on all PhDs produced during a 7-year period at Cornell University to investigate whether the degree of inequality in PhD student supervision across faculty members within a broad field of study varied across fields, also noting determinants of differences in PhD student supervision responsibilities across individual faculty members within each broad field. The study focused on how faculty members' productivity in the supervision of PhD students varied over their life cycles. Data analysis indicated that PhD supervisory responsibilities were unequally distributed both across broad fields and within each broad field category at the university and that substantial fractions of tenured and tenure track faculty failed to chair or serve as a minor member of any PhD committee during the 7-year period. Across faculty members in a given field, productivity in supervising PhD students varied systematically with several measures that reflected on the research productivity of the faculty members. On average, more productive researchers supervised the research of more PhD students. The number of PhD students a faculty member supervised varied systematically over the faculty member's life cycle at Cornell, with productivity first increasing and then decreasing with years at Cornell. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared by Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, Cornell University. Support also provided by Atlantic Philanthropies.