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Success on the Tenure Track: Five Keys to Faculty Job Satisfaction

Success on the Tenure Track: Five Keys to Faculty Job Satisfaction

by Cathy Ann Trower

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Satisfaction ratings from tenure-track faculty at 200 institutions across the country reveal best practices and the key elements of workplace success.

Landing a tenure-track position is no easy task. Achieving tenure is even more difficult. Under what policies and practices do faculty find greater clarity about tenure and experience higher levels of job satisfaction? And what makes an institution a great place to work?

In 2005–2006, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education surveyed more than 15,000 tenure-track faculty at 200 participating institutions to assess their job satisfaction. The survey was designed around five key themes for faculty satisfaction: tenure clarity, work-life balance, support for research, collegiality, and leadership.

Success on the Tenure Track positions the survey data in the context of actual colleges and universities and real faculty and administrators who talk about what works and why. Best practices at the highest-rated institutions in the survey—Auburn, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Iowa, Kansas, and North Carolina at Pembroke—give administrators practical, proven advice on how to increase their employee satisfaction. Additional chapters discuss faculty demographics, trends in employment practices, what leaders can do to create and sustain a great workplace for faculty, and what the future might hold for tenure.

An actively engaged faculty is crucial for American higher education to retain its global competitiveness. Cathy Ann Trower’s analysis provides colleges and universities a considerable inside advantage to get on the right track toward a happy, productive workforce.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421406497
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cathy Ann Trower is research associate at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.

Table of Contents

Author's Note
1. Introduction
2. Study Background and Methodology
3. Tenure
4. Work-Life Integration
5. Support for Research and Teaching
6. Culture, Climate, and Collegiality
7. Engaging Leaders across the Campus
8. The Future of the Tenure Track
A. In-Depth Interview Guide
B. Master List of Interview Categories for Coding
C. University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Science Faculty Appointments and Review
D. University of Kansas General Principles for Developing Evaluation Plans
E. Ohio State University Core Dossier Outline (
F. University of Iowa Tenure Dossier
G. University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Dual- Career Academic Couples Program
H. Mentoring at the University of Iowa
I. Ohio State University Academic Plan Scorecard, Update 2006

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