Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 43, Issue 5, pp 323–338 | Cite as

International Faculty Perceptions of Departmental Climate and Workplace Satisfaction

  • Ketevan MamiseishviliEmail author
  • Donghun Lee


For this study we used the 2011–2014 survey data collected by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to examine the degree of international faculty members’ satisfaction with autonomy, interactions with colleagues, departmental climate, and recognition and the effect of these elements upon the overall workplace satisfaction of international faculty members relative to their U.S. citizen peers. This study helps identify factors that can enhance international faculty members’ satisfaction in order to aid institutions in their efforts not only to recruit the best talent but also to support and retain such talent.


International faculty U.S. higher education Workplace satisfaction 



The authors acknowledge that the reported results are based in whole on analyses of the COACHE Data Set. These data were collected as part of a multi-site survey administration and supported by funds from participating colleges and universities and made available to the authors by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. This article has not been reviewed or endorsed by COACHE and does not necessarily represent the opinions of COACHE staff or members, who are not responsible for the contents.

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Research conducted for this paper was partially supported by the 2017–2019 US National Science Foundation project “Connecting Nuances of Foreign Status, Professional Networks, and Higher Education” (DGE #1661206) (Co-PIs Eric Welch, Julia Melkers and Ketevan Mamiseishvili).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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