Research in Higher Education

, Volume 59, Issue 8, pp 1105–1132 | Cite as

Gender Differences in Faculty Member Job Satisfaction: Equity Forestalled?

  • Karen L. Webber
  • Samantha M. Rogers


Guided by Hagedorn’s (2000) theory of faculty job satisfaction, mindful of social and organizational structures of higher education, and acknowledging recent changes in the academic labor market, this study examines satisfaction for approximately 30,000 tenured and tenure-track faculty members in 100 US colleges and universities. Findings revealed similarity between female and male faculty members in some aspects of work satisfaction, but difference in other areas in which women reported lower satisfaction. Findings also revealed that perceptions of department fit, recognition, work role balance, and mentoring are more important to women faculty’s satisfaction than male peers. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.


Faculty satisfaction Gender differences faculty satisfaction Faculty attrition 


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  1. 1.Institute of Higher EducationThe University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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