Survey Finds That Black Nontenured Faculty Are Less Happy With Their Work Situation Than White Nontenured Faculty

A new survey by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education finds widespread racial disparities in job satisfaction and outlook among nontenured faculty members at 80 colleges and universities across the United States.

Black faculty were less likely than white faculty to believe that they would achieve tenure. Blacks were also less satisfied than whites with the compensation they received. Black faculty also were less likely than their white colleagues to believe that they were receiving help from other members of their department in their professional development. Blacks were less likely than whites to agree with the statement, “If I could do it over, I would again choose to work at this institution.”