New US initiative seeks to learn why faculty members leave

March 15, 2016

Losing a tenure-track or full-time faculty member is a costly process for postsecondary institutions, and a new initiative is seeking to investigate why faculty members leave and if it is possible to retain them. According to the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education's Director Kiernan Mathews, current research suggests that institutional leaders may “explain away their own culpability in why a faculty member left.” Mathews also suggests that departing professors may disproportionately represent important minority groups, hurting faculty diversity efforts. Mathews states that patterns in the resulting data will be able to establish areas for improvement, inform the public, and help institutions maintain a home-field advantage in their retention efforts. Inside Higher Ed