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ERIC Number: ED532163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Factors Influencing Career Experiences of Selected Chinese Faculty Employed at an American Research Extensive University
Cooksey, Yan Zhang; Cole, Bryan R.
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 2 p250-260 2012
Whereas research related to the experience of faculty of color is increasing, few attentions have been focused on Chinese faculty's career experience in the US. This study examined career experiences of 16 Chinese faculty members across different disciplines, ranks and genders at a studied research extensive university in Texas, US. The study used a qualitative research design with in-depth interviews, observations and document reviews as the major tools for data collection and adopted constant comparative methods for data analysis. Drawing the research data directly from Chinese faculty members, the study identifies factors which influence Chinese faculty decisions to apply for, accept and remain in faculty positions, challenges as well as support when seeking promotion, tenure and recognition. Major findings concluded that factors, such as traditional Chinese culture, family influence and the ability to access American academic freedom, advanced research environments, flexibility and job security have significant influences in determining Chinese faculty's decisions to work within academia in the US. Additionally, Chinese faculty tended to regard individual barriers (e.g., challenges in mastery of English language, a lack of teaching experience, no undergraduate educational background in the US, an unfamiliarity with the American culture and insufficient communications skills in general) rather than institutionalized barriers (e.g., occupational discrimination, stereotypes and prejudice) as primary factors that impeded their professional development. Furthermore, Chinese women faculty's experienced racial and gender issues in their lives and faced more challenges than their male counterparts in developing their careers in the US. (Contains 1 table.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas