Differential Job Change and Stability among Academic Administrators

Moore, Kathryn M.; Sagaria, Mary Ann D.
September 1982
Journal of Higher Education;Sep/Oct1982, Vol. 53 Issue 5, p501
Academic Journal
The article focuses on job change patterns of academic administrators and considers ways in which job change varies for men and women and by line and staff. The term job change is used rather than mobility because the latter term has many meanings. Mobility is used to describe intra or intergenerational shifts of individuals in terms of socioeconomic or occupational status. Moreover, occupational mobility analyses are built upon an empirically based hierarchy of job titles. With the changes occurring in higher education recently, new attention is being paid to career opportunities and marketplace characteristics for college administrators. Often such studies have been motivated by the desire to assess how well institutions are responding to federal mandates to increase the representation of women and minorities. Studying current job postings is not a totally satisfactory way to determine administrative job opportunities. While such information is useful, administrator mobility needs to be put in the contemporary context of academic organizations.


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