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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Unmotivated by Money?

Professor Paul Caron at TaxProfBlog posts the results of a Harvard Graduate School of Education survery that shows that faculty members care more about treatment than money.  I am not sure that is correct for all members of the academy but it does ring somewhat true to me.   Professor Caron states,

A press release issued today by the Harvard Graduate School of Education reports that New Study Indicates Faculty Treatment Matters More Than Compensation; Survey of 4,500 Tenure-Track Faculty Reveals Surprising Findings:

A new study by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research project based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has revealed that climate, culture, and collegiality are more important to the satisfaction of early career faculty than compensation, tenure clarity, workload, and policy effectiveness.

The survey of 4,500 tenure-track faculty at 51 colleges and universities discovered that there are key climate variables for junior faculty, such as: interest senior faculty take in their work, fairness with which they are evaluated, opportunities to collaborate with senior faculty, how well they seem to fit in their departments, sufficient professional and personal interaction with colleagues, and a sense of community in the department. The survey revealed that collegiality matters much to the success and satisfaction of new scholars, in stark relief to studies of an earlier generation that showed autonomy was one of the most important attractions to academic life.

Quite frankly, part of the attraction of teaching is working in an environment that is different from the typical law firm or in-house corporate position and,while autonomy is an important part of that, so is the opportunity to share ideas and thoughts with other individuals who also enjoy studying the law.

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