Do Administrators’ Disciplinary Backgrounds Influence Humanities Departments’ Staffing Patterns?
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Jones, Todd R.; Prenovitz, Sarah J.; Benson, Cassandra M.; Ehrenberg, Ronald G.
We examined whether the academic background (humanities or not) of key university administrators predicts the proportion of faculty in the humanities who were tenured or tenure track, full- time non-tenured, or part- time non-tenured. Data come from the public use IPEDs files and the restricted-access versions of the First and Second National Humanities Department Survey, as well as data we collected on the disciplinary backgrounds of presidents, provosts, and deans. While a number of statistically significant associations were found, these associations were not stable between the two years and were sometimes opposite what one might a priori predict. As such we cannot conclude that there are stable relationships between administrators’ disciplinary backgrounds and the shares of the different types of faculty employed by humanities’ departments.
university administrators; discipline; humanities; staffing; tenure
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