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Title page for ETD etd-07202008-192306

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Rumyantseva, Nataliya Leonidovna
Author's Email Address natashafong78@yahoo.com
URN etd-07202008-192306
Title Externalizing employment in higher education: determinants of contingent academic employment in institutions of higher education
Degree PhD
Department Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Michael K. McLendon Committee Chair
James C. Hearn Committee Member
John M. Braxton Committee Member
Kathryn Anderson Committee Member
  • off tenure track full time faculty
  • organizational determinants
  • faculty employment
  • contingent faculty
  • employment externalization
  • part-time faculty
Date of Defense 2007-10-24
Availability unrestricted
The growth of part-time and off tenure track full time faculty employment since 1970s has been paralleled by the increasing literature on the subject. Many of the studies remained descriptive in nature and focused on the characteristics of the contingent employees. The present study contributes to a small body of literature that searches for the organizational and environmental driving factors that bring contingent employment to life. Specifically, it asks the question: which organizational and environmental factors explain the inter-organizational variation in the proportion of part-time and off tenure track full time faculty in the institutions of higher education? The findings suggest that employment of part-time faculty is driven by such financial factors as educational revenues and the savings on benefits. None of the hypothesized determinants of the off tenure track full time faculty employment have been empirically confirmed, suggesting that this type of employment is likely to follow the logic of the traditional tenure track faculty employment.
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