UNC examined what factors influence career choices

Rebekah Layton and Patrick Brandt from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill BEST program, along with others, conducted a large sample survey exploring the factors that lead people to attain faculty positions or leave academia. In their recent paper, the authors found that both groups based their career plans on geographic location, working conditions, intellectual challenge and salary/benefits. Faculty careers were associated with wanting autonomy and partnerships, but not wanting leadership opportunities. The authors further found that underrepresented minority faculty were less likely to report being influenced by their Ph.D. mentor, family, or peers. Increased faculty and program support might encourage more underrepresented minorities to stay in academia. Read the full study in CBE-Life Sciences Education.

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