Publication Date

April 1995

Abstract

Using data collected from a sample of 50 academic departments over the years 1977-88, the authors test several hypotheses about the effects of departmental gender composition on faculty turnover. They find that as the proportion of women in a department grew, turnover among women also increased, confirming the prediction that increases in the relative size of a minority will result in increased intergroup competition and conflict. The evidence also suggests, however, that when the proportion of female faculty reached a threshold of about 35-40%, turnover among women began to decline. The proportion of women had a negligible or negative impact on turnover among male faculty. The authors discuss the implications of this research for the implementation of affirmative action policies.

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Suggested Citation
Tolbert, P. S., Simons, T., Andrews, A., & Thee, J. (1995). The effects of gender composition in academic departments on faculty turnover [Electronic version]. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 48, 562-579.
http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/articles/132/

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