Research in Higher Education

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 423-446

First online:

Faculty Research Productivity: Exploring the Role of Gender and Family-Related Factors

  • Linda J. SaxAffiliated withHigher Education Research Institute Email author 
  • , Linda Serra HagedornAffiliated withUniversity of Southern California
  • , Marisol ArredondoAffiliated withChapman University
  • , Frank A. DicrisiIIIAffiliated withUniversity of California Los Angeles

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This study explores the role of several family-related factors in faculty research productivity for a large, nationally representative sample of university faculty members. The role of marriage, children, and aging parents is examined after controlling for other personal and environmental factors, such as age, rank, department, and intrinsic motivations to conduct research, that previous research has shown to influence research productivity. Analyses are conducted on a sample of 8,544 full-time teaching faculty (2,384 women and 6,160 men) at 57 universities nationwide. Results show that factors affecting faculty research productivity are nearly identical for men and women, and family-related variables, such as having dependent children, exhibit little or no effects on research productivity.

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