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ERIC Number: EJ1039189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
ISSN: ISSN-0361-0365
Faculty Agency: Departmental Contexts That Matter in Faculty Careers
Campbell, Corbin M.; O'Meara, KerryAnn
Research in Higher Education, v55 n1 p49-74 Feb 2014
In a modern context of constrained resources and high demands, faculty exert agency to strategically navigate their careers (Baez 2000a; Neumann et al. 2006). Guided by the O'Meara et al. (2011) framework on agency in faculty professional lives, this study used Structural Equation Modeling to investigate which departmental factors (perceptions of tenure and promotion process, work-life climate, transparency, person-department fit, professional development resources, and collegiality) influenced faculty agentic perspective and agentic action. Results showed that faculty perceptions of certain departmental contexts do matter in faculty career agency, such as work-life climate, person-department fit, and professional development resources. These contexts have a particular influence on faculty agentic perspective. Results also showed a large effect of agentic perspective on agentic action. The study has important implications for administrators regarding departmental role in faculty agency and contributes to the growing body of literature on faculty sense of agency in academe.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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