International Survey of Research University Faculty: Prospects for Tenure

  • ID: 4211639
  • Report
  • Region: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States
  • 64 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The study looks at the tenure process at major research universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland.  More than 500 faculty at 50+ research universities give their opinion on the ease or difficulty of attaining tenure at their institution, whether it has become easier or harder to attain it, how long it takes to attain it, and what factors are decisive in tenure decision-making.

Just a few of this 64-page report’s main findings are that:

  • 5.71% of participants aged 30 or younger compared with 73.03% of participants aged 60 or older had tenure.
  • 53.57% of deans/department chairs/distinguished/endowed chair professors said that the ease or difficulty of obtaining tenure at their institutions had not really changed over the past three years.
  • Women more than men felt that publications mattered most as a criteria in the tenure decision process; women felt that a median of 60% of the decision was determined by publications; for men, it was 50%.
  • Faculty from institutions in the UK/Ireland and Australia/New Zealand consider a tenure decision faster than their peers in North America; after full time employment lasting 4.26 years (UK Ireland) and 3.78 years (Australian/New Zealand), respectively.

Scholars from the following institutions were surveyed for the report:

Australian National University, Baylor College of Medicine, Brown University, Carleton University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Curtin University, Drexel University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Griffith University, Imperial College London, James Cook University, Massey University, McGill University, Monash University, Penn State University, Queen Mary University of London, Reading University, Rice University, Rockefeller University, Rutgers University, Saint Louis University, Swinburne University of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, UConn Health Center, University of California, Davis, University College Dublin, University of Alberta, University of Birmingham, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Riverside, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Idaho, University of Leeds, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Nottingham, University of Reading, University of Tasmania, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, University of Toronto, University of Utah, University of Western Australia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Washington State University and Yale University.

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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS   
Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Current Tenure Status   
Likelihood of Being on a Tenure Track for Participants without Tenure   
Prospects for Tenure at Present Organization, for Participants without Tenure   
Survey Participants Perceived Level of Difficulty in Achieving Tenure at Their Organization   
Number of Years Required Before Tenure Decisions by Their Institutions   
Impact of Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications on Institutions' Tenure Appointment Decision   
Effect of teaching skills on their institutions' tenure appointment decision   
Impact of Skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college on their institutions' tenure appointment decision   
Effect of General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship on their institutions' tenure appointment decision  

List of Tables 
Table 1.1 Do you have tenure?   
Table 1.2 Do you have tenure? Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking   
Table 1.3 Do you have tenure? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 1.4 Do you have tenure? Broken out by country   
Table 1.5 Do you have tenure? Broken out for public or private universities   
Table 1.6 Do you have tenure? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 1.7 Do you have tenure? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 1.8 Do you have tenure? Broken out by the political views of the survey participant   
Table 1.9 Do you have tenure? Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant   
Table 1.10 Do you have tenure? Broken out by the tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 1.11 Do you have tenure? Broken out by the current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 1.12 Do you have tenure? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 2.1 If not, are you on a tenure track?   
Table 2.2 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking   
Table 2.3 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 2.4 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by country   
Table 2.5 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out for public or private universities   
Table 2.6 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.7 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 2.8 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by the political views of the survey participant   
Table 2.9 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant   
Table 2.10 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by the tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 2.11 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by the current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 2.12 If not, are you on a tenure track? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 3.1 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   
Table 3.2 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking   
Table 3.3 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by enrollment   
Table 3.4 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by country   
Table 3.5 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out for public or private universities   
Table 3.6 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 3.7 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 3.8 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by the political views of the survey participant   
Table 3.9 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant   
Table 3.10 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by the tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 3.11 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by the current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 3.12 If you do not currently have tenure how good do you think your prospects are for tenure at your present organization?  Answer the question if even if you are not on a tenure track but skip it if you already have tenure.   Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 4.1 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   
Table 4.2 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking   
Table 4.3 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.4 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by country   
Table 4.5 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out for public or private universities   
Table 4.6 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 4.7 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 4.8 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by the political views of the survey participant   
Table 4.9 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant   
Table 4.10 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by the tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 4.11 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by the current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 4.12 In general, over the past five years the awarding of tenure at your organization, to the best of your knowledge, has become:   Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 5.1 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment?   
Table 5.2 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking   
Table 5.3 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 5.4 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by country   
Table 5.5 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out for public or private universities   
Table 5.6 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 5.7 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 5.8 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by the political views of the survey participant   
Table 5.9 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant?   
Table 5.10 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by the tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 5.11 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by the current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 5.12 Tenure Decisions are made at your institution generally after how many years of full time employment? Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant   
Table 6 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by each of the following factor: (Your answer should be in percent)   
Table 6.1.1 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications?   
Table 6.1.2 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking   
Table 6.1.3 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.1.4 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by country   
Table 6.1.5 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out for public or private universities   
Table 6.1.6 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 6.1.7 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.1.8 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by the political views of the survey participant   
Table 6.1.9 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant   
Table 6.1.10 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by the tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 6.1.11 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by the current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 6.1.12 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Number and Quality of Scholarly Publications? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 6.2.1 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills?   
Table 6.2.2 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking   
Table 6.2.3 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.2.4 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by country   
Table 6.2.5 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out for public or private universities   
Table 6.2.6 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 6.2.7 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.2.8 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by the political views of the survey participant   
Table 6.2.9 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant   
Table 6.2.10 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by the tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 6.2.11 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by the current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 6.2.12 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by Teaching Skills? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 6.3.1 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college?   
Table 6.3.2 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking   
Table 6.3.3 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.3.4 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by country   
Table 6.3.5 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out for public or private universities   
Table 6.3.6 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 6.3.7 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.3.8 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by the political views of the survey participant   
Table 6.3.9 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant   
Table 6.3.10 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by the tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 6.3.11 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by the current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 6.3.12 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by skill in Gaining Positive Publicity or Raising Money for the college? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 6.4.1 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship?   
Table 6.4.2 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking   
Table 6.4.3 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.4.4 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by country   
Table 6.4.5 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out for public or private universities   
Table 6.4.6 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 6.4.7 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.4.8 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by the political views of the survey participant   
Table 6.4.9 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by the academic title of the survey participant   
Table 6.4.10 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by the tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 6.4.11 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by the current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 6.4.12 At your institution what percentage of the tenure appointment decision is accounted for by General Personal Collegiality and School and Departmental Sportsmanship? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant

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  • Australian National University
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Brown University
  • Carleton University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Curtin University
  • Drexel University
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Griffith University
  • Imperial College London
  • James Cook University
  • Massey University
  • McGill University
  • Monash University
  • Penn State University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Reading University
  • Rice University
  • Rockefeller University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • UConn Health Center
  • University of California, Davis
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Florida
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Reading
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Utah
  • University of Western Australia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington State University
  • Yale University
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