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 surveyAuburn, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Iowa, Kansas, and North Carolina at Pembrokegive 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.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
|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 xi
1 Introduction 1
2 Study Background and Methodology 24
3 Tenure 37
4 Work-Life Integration 63
5 Support for Research and Teaching 93
6 Culture, Climate, and Collegiality 122
7 Engaging Leaders across the Campus 156
8 The Future of the Tenure Track 182
A In-Depth Interview Guide 205
B Master List of Interview Categories for Coding 214
C University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Appointments and Review 215
D University of Kansas General Principles for Developing Faculty Evaluation Plans 219
E Ohio State University Core Dossier Outline (Criteria for Tenure) 223
F University of Iowa Tenure Dossier 229
G University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dual-Career Academic Couples Program 233
H Mentoring at the University of Iowa 236
I Ohio State University Academic Plan Scorecard, Update 2006 239