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ERIC Number: EJ1035856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
To Heaven or Hell: Sensemaking about Why Faculty Leave
O'Meara, KerryAnn; Lounder, Andrew; Campbell, Corbin M.
Journal of Higher Education, v85 n5 p603-632 Sep-Oct 2014
This article analyzes sensemaking about faculty departure among administrators, faculty colleagues, and faculty leavers in one research university. A mixed methods database was analyzed to reveal four dominant explanations for faculty departure and two influences on sensemaking. Dominant explanations included better opportunities, the likelihood the faculty member would not get tenure, family and geographic reasons, and work environment and fit. Sensemaking was influenced by status expectations and proximity to the departure. Implications for future research on faculty careers, and for campuses interested in improving faculty retention, are drawn.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: HRD-1008117