Publication Date

2015-05-08

Availability

Embargoed

Embargo Period

2018-05-07

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Department

Educational and Psychological Studies (Education)

Date of Defense

2015-04-20

First Committee Member

Laura Kohn-Wood

Second Committee Member

Scotney D. Evans

Third Committee Member

Scott Ingold

Fourth Committee Member

Sherrill H. Hayes

Abstract

This qualitative study was designed to gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of university faculty who achieve promotion to the rank of associate professor and award of tenure, but are not promoted within 10 years after award of tenure. A review of the literature found that the phenomenon of delayed progression among tenured faculty is understudied, and this study begins to address that gap. Using a purposive sampling method that sought to maximize homogeneity of sample, I recruited and interviewed five tenured associate professors who have been in-rank for ten years or longer, and evaluated the transcripts of our interviews using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The study revealed several emergent themes for faculty including Personalities; The Institution; Mentoring and Non-Mentoring; The Student Experience; Decisions; and Changes. Moreover, it raises additional questions about the assumptions that underlie the promotion and tenure review process. A recommendation for further study is enclosed.

Keywords

associate professor; tenure; self determination theory; higher education; deductive disclosure

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