Stuck in the Middle: Associate Professors Are Least Satisfied With Key Aspects of Their Jobs

June 03, 2012

In a 2011-12 study, Harvard's Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education asked 13,510 professors at 69 colleges and universities to rank their satisfaction with numerous aspects of their jobs on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the least satisfied and 5 being the most satisfied. The numbers shown are the means for each category. The categories where the mean numbers are specified denote areas where associate professors are significantly less satisfied than both of their peer groups.




Appreciation and recognition.

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Note: Some of the categories for assistant professors are blank because survey administrators determined those topics did not apply to assistant professors or that assistant professors would not be able to reply to those topics candidly.

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Source: The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education