How to Recruit Gen X Faculty Members. Inside Higher Ed Audio Conference July 17, 2007 Cathy A. Trower, Ph.D. A Sea Change. Many colleges and universities will hire more faculty in the next 8-10 years than they currently employ because of retirements and growth.
How to Recruit Gen X Faculty Members
Inside Higher Ed Audio Conference
July 17, 2007
Cathy A. Trower, Ph.D.
Who & What is Gen X?
Or…They Want What?
Willing to work hard but wants to decide when, where, and how.
Source: This slide and the next –
Lancaster & Stillman (2002). When Generations Collide.
NY: HarperCollins Publishing Inc.
Trower, C. (2002). Can Colleges Competitively Recruit Faculty
without the Prospect of Tenure? In Chait, R. (ed) The Questions
of Tenure, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. 182-220.
Chances of tenure0.798
Students: TT > NTT
Chances of tenure1.262
Students: NTT > TT
Chances of CR0.880
Salary (became more imp)0.711
Chances of CR 0.590
(became less imp)
(became more important)
(became more important)
Chances of tenure/CR0.857
(became less important)
Dependent variable: Global satisfaction
* SignificantRace/Gender Controls: Yes
Leaks in the Academic Pipeline for Women*
(21% less likely than single women to enter a tenure-track position)
(27% less likely than men to become an Associate Professor)
(20% less likely than men to become a Full Professor within a maximum of 16 years)
(28% less likely than women without babies to enter a tenure-track position)
*Preliminary results based on Survival Analysis of the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (a national biennial longitudinal data set funded by the National Science Foundation and others, 1979 to 1995). Percentages take into account disciplinary, age, ethnicity, PhD calendar year, time-to-PhD degree, and National Research Council academic reputation rankings of PhD program effects. For each event (PhD to TT job procurement, or Associate to Full Professor), data is limited to a maximum of 16 years. The waterline is an artistic rendering of the statistical effects of family and gender.
*PhDs from 1978-1984 Who Are Tenured 12 Years out from PhD.
**Had a child in the household at any point post PhD to 12 years out.
Source: Survey of Doctorate Recipients. Sciences, 1979-1999, Humanities, 1979-1995
Moody, J. (2004) Academe, “Supporting Women and Minority Faculty,” 90 (1).
Senior colleagues who understand the complexities and environment facing the junior faculty member
Chairs who are trained
Focus on Fit
Retention through Research
Transitional Support Program (Univ WA)
Decrease teaching load
Onsite child care, lactation rooms
Structure for dual careers
Assistance with grant proposal writing
Preparing Future Faculty Program
Minimize number of new course preps
The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education