ERIC Number: EJ1103363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Settling In: The Role of Individual and Departmental Tactics in the Development of New Faculty Networks
Fleming, Susan S.; Goldman, Alyssa W.; Correll, Shelley J.; Taylor, Catherine J.
Journal of Higher Education, v87 n4 p544-572 Jul-Aug 2016
Network formation is a key element of newcomer socialization; however, little is understood about how newcomer networks are formed in higher education. Drawing on a series of interviews with 34 new pre-tenure faculty members, we propose that just as individual and organizational socialization tactics interactively influence newcomer adjustment (Gruman, Saks, & Zweig, 2006), so too will they affect new faculty experiences with network formation. Our findings support this proposal; that is, individual employee characteristics, the practices of specific departments within the larger university, and the interaction between the two, create different degrees of network integration for faculty. Further, we find that in the context of university departments, organizational tactics may have a more significant effect on network development (and potentially other socialization outcomes) than those that stem from the individual. Building upon these findings, we also identify factors that facilitate new faculty network development and use these factors to suggest practical guidance for universities striving to enhance new faculty integration.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Interviews, Tenure, College Faculty, Socialization, Faculty, Personnel Integration, Universities, Employees, Research Universities, Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Individual Characteristics, Mentors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0547373