Survey on why people move between, or leave, academic jobs

This call for survey participants came to my attention – it seems to be asking interesting and important questions:

Greetings,
We are looking for participants for a study that we are conducting at Rice University. Essentially, we are trying to identify ANY faculty who have voluntarily left one academic job for another job (either academic or nonacademic).

Who fits in this criteria?
• Any faculty member who was in an academic position but left academics altogether.
• Any faculty member who left a research institution for a teaching institution.
• Any faculty member who left a teaching institution for a research university.
• Any faculty member who left a teaching or research university to go to a different and/or comparable university.

Why are we trying to identify these participants?
We are currently conducting a study at Rice University that examines patterns and trends in faculty turnover. This research is part of the ADVANCE grant and we are trying to examine, in particular, if there may be differences in the reasons that men and women leave academic institutions. Because we are trying to understand the full spectrum of faculty turnover we are interested in those who left for completely personal (non-university related) reasons as well as those who left for organizational reasons.

What can you do to help?
If you fit the criteria listed above, please consider participating in this survey. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and is located at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=AZLp0HbOdJSY97nrZ6pePA_3d_3d  The survey has been approved by Rice University’s Institutional Review Board and if you have any questions about it, you are welcome to email the study director (Mikki Hebl) at hebl at rice dot edu

2 thoughts on “Survey on why people move between, or leave, academic jobs

  1. I browsed through the survey… they forgot to put a question in about where in the world you are located. I do believe that there are quite a lot of differences in academic communities in different countries.

  2. “Any faculty member who left a teaching or research university to go to a different and/or comparable university.”

    Just curious, does that include people who move because they are leaving a contingent position for a tenure track position?

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