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Tenure and research productivity

Abstract

Published research productivity of 97 sociologists from a variety of types of institutions is evaluated quantitatively for both the pretenure period and the post-tenure period in the person's career. Data consist of vita and supplementary information, coded into a weighted index that takes journal prestige into account. Time-adjusted pre- and post-tenure publication rates are compared within categories of type and prestige of current institution, type and prestige of institution at which tenure was first granted, prestige of Ph.D. institution, and other controls. There are substantial differences between the two career stages, with pretenure output being of greater magnitude in most instances. Possible explanations for the findings are discussed.

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Holley, J.W. Tenure and research productivity. Res High Educ 6, 181–192 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00991419

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Key words

  • tenure
  • productivity
  • science
  • higher education
  • research