Research in Higher Education

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 405–424

A causal model of faculty turnover intentions

  • John C. Smart

DOI: 10.1007/BF00992710

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Smart, J.C. Res High Educ (1990) 31: 405. doi:10.1007/BF00992710


A causal model is proposed and estimated to assess the relative influence of individual attributes, institutional characteristics, contextual-work environment variables, and multiple measures of job satisfaction on the intentions of faculty to leave their current institutions. Special attention is given to similarities and differences among variables in the model for tenured and untenured faculty. Regardless of tenure status, younger faculty, those at institutions that have experienced decline and that have more autocratic forms of governance, and those that have lower levels of organizational and career satisfaction are more likely to leave their institutions. Being a male, spending more time on research, and having a stronger record of scholarly productivity are positive influences on the intentions of tenured faculty to leave their institution, while salary satisfaction is an influential variable only for nontenured faculty. The research and policy implications of these findings are discussed.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Smart
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Education (M/C 147)University of Illinois at ChicagoChicago

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