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Is There a Gendered Path to Tenure? A Multi-State Approach to Examine the Academic Trajectories of U.S. Doctoral Recipients in the Sciences

Karen L. Webber () and Manuel González Canché
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Karen L. Webber: The University of Georgia
Manuel González Canché: The University of Pennsylvania

Research in Higher Education, 2018, vol. 59, issue 7, 897-932

Abstract: Abstract With a focus on possible gender differences, this study used 2003–2013 data from the Survey of Doctorate Recipients to examine individual, institutional, and early employment factors that contribute to career paths of recent doctorates who enter postsecondary academic appointments. Findings showed some noteworthy differences by gender including lower salary and longer time to degree for women, but overall results indicated no strong, comprehensive evidence of a gendered path to tenure during the first decade after degree completion. Scholarly publications and activities such as research and a postdoctoral appointment in early years following degree completion were the most important contributors for both men and women. Implications for policy and planning are discussed.

Keywords: Doctoral recipients; Faculty in academia; Gender in faculty; Progress in faculty rank (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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