Changing Academic Profession
Current Research Project
This major international project involved the administration of a common questionnaire to a sample of university faculty in 19 jurisdictions (18 countries) in 2007/08. The study focuses on faculty perceptions of academic work, working conditions, job satisfaction, research activities, teaching activities, work history, and a range of demographic variables. The project design is highly decentralized, with national research teams collecting data and coordinating with other teams through international meetings. The Canadian team is led by Amy Metcalfe (University of British Columbia), and includes Glen Jones (Toronto), Don Fisher (UBC), Yves Gingras (UQAM) and Kjell Rubenson (UBC). Over the last few years Glen Jones and Julian Weinrib (and, most recently, Bryan Gopaul) have been analyzing the Canadian data and they have completed a series of papers focusing on the academic profession in Canada. Their recent work has focused on issues of job satisfaction, faculty perceptions of research and teaching and comparing the responses from junior and more senior faculty.