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ERIC Number: EJ914907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
The Ivory Ceiling of Service Work
Misra, Joya; Lundquist, Jennifer Hickes; Holmes, Elissa; Agiomavritis, Stephanie
Academe, v97 n1 p22-26 Jan-Feb 2011
How does a successful associate professor with a distinguished publication record, a visible leadership role among women scientists on campus, and prestigious grant funding for interdisciplinary initiatives in graduate and undergraduate training as well as research feel about seeking promotion to full professor? In the course of the authors' research, they commonly heard, "It feels like the first time in my life that I'm hitting up against the glass ceiling." Compared with earlier cohorts, women are earning more doctorates, taking more academic jobs, and earning tenure more frequently. But when it comes to promotions to full professorship, the authors' research confirms growing scholarship that women may hit a glass ceiling near the top of the ivory tower. Men still hold more than three-quarters of full professorships in the United States, and women's share of full professorships has increased only marginally over the last several decades. Women are less likely ever to be promoted to full professor than men, and their promotions take longer. Associate professors, especially the women, seemed to view service primarily as an imposition taking time away from the valued work--research, which earns promotion. If faculty members recognize that service is undervalued and likely to lead away from promotion, why do they do it? Many devote time to service because they see it as vital to the running of the university and believe students will suffer if it is not done. At the same time, faculty members voice bitterness at colleagues who do not share the burden. A sense of being part of a larger enterprise also led some to do more service than they would have liked. What policies might help alleviate the stress associate professors, and particularly women associate professors, experience? In this article, the authors recommend two policy changes that would require university investment and three that would require shifting the culture of work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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