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ERIC Number: EJ1227501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2167-8669
Work Satisfaction: Critical Factors for Foreign-Born Faculty
Paris, Susan
International Research and Review, v8 n2 p1-15 Spr 2019
Many higher education institutions seek to attract and retain diverse faculty in an effort to intentionally diversify college campuses and make them more inclusive. The development of a diverse faculty body that matches the diversity of the student body is crucial, but the representation of foreign-born people with doctoral degrees who are working as faculty members has been relatively low, compared to the numbers of foreign-born students, and actual numbers are difficult to estimate. Foreign-born faculty can have very different experiences than do American-born faculty and report lower levels of work satisfaction. The key factors that contribute to workplace satisfaction for foreign-born faculty are not known. Some factors that may influence work satisfaction for foreign-born faculty members include their varying degrees of independence, their salary and accompanying levels of responsibility, and their job security. Differences related to academic discipline may be an influence, as are salary differences associated with the individual disciplines. Without additional insights as to why foreign-born faculty are less satisfied in the workplace than their American counterparts, colleges and universities are in danger of continuing to invest in the recruitment and hiring of foreign-born faculty who have a higher likelihood of leaving the institution.
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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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