Academic Publication Productivity in HDFS Faculty
Within the academy, tenure is granted to professors who demonstrate national prominence in an area of study. How national prominence is measured might range from department to department. At Iowa State, for example, Provost Jonathan Wickeret gave a talk to faculty in 2016 where he mentioned that 2 articles might be enough to achieve tenure in one department, while 20 might be the minimum in another. In short, the disciplinary guidelines, department needs, and individual characteristics all work together to impact successful promotion in, or around, the seventh year.
The Faculty Productivity Project headed by Dr. Doirus at ISU has collected publicly available CVs for every HDFS professor in America (N=509, response rate). All peer-reviewed journals on the faculty CV’s were rigorously coded for variables such as publication year, journal outlet, total number of authors, author ranking, and the number of times each article was cited. Our selection criteria required citations to be peer reviewed and published between 2000-2015. For this study, we will examine tenure-track faculty’s academic trajectory utilizing their total number of publications and how well each of those publications are cited.