Higher Education

, Volume 67, Issue 5, pp 511–531 | Cite as

To stay or not to stay: retention of Asian international faculty in STEM fields

  • Janet H. Lawrence
  • Sergio Celis
  • Hee Sun Kim
  • Sarah Ketchen Lipson
  • Ximeng Tong


The present study identifies characteristics of individuals and work settings that influence Asian international faculty members’ intentions to continue their employment in US research universities. Given the demand for researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM), the higher rate of turnover among untenured faculty, and the replacement costs associated with turnover in STEM, the sample is limited to assistant professors employed in these areas. Multinomial regression analyses are conducted to identify variables that “pull” and “push” uncertain faculty toward intentions stay and leave their current institutions. The results suggest that faculty who are more satisfied with time available for research and those who express stronger organizational commitment are more likely to say they will stay. Those dissatisfied with the fairness of work evaluations and believe tenure decisions are not merit-based, are more likely to say they will leave.


International faculty Faculty retention STEM fields United States 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet H. Lawrence
    • 1
  • Sergio Celis
    • 1
  • Hee Sun Kim
    • 1
  • Sarah Ketchen Lipson
    • 1
  • Ximeng Tong
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, School of EducationUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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