Research productivity and activities of clinical laboratory science faculty: a follow-up study.J Allied Health 1998; 27(3):142-9JA
A national study was conducted in 1996 to compare clinical laboratory science faculty demographics, scholarly activities, and perceptions of the research environment with corresponding data reported in 1988. Faculty have made progress in earning doctorates (46%), achieving higher ranks (49%), and getting tenured (50%). Relatively few faculty are conducting much of the research, with the greater majority serving as teachers. Research productivity, as evaluated via research publications and presentations, showed that in 1996, full professors and those with doctorates published the most articles and abstracts in refereed journals; they also made more presentations than junior faculty. Faculty in research universities were more productive than those in four-year colleges and universities. The faculty surveyed in 1985 and those surveyed in 1996 perceived their research skills and environments to be almost identical. In both 1985 and 1996, the importance of research for promotion and tenure decisions ranked highest as a characteristic of the environment. Financial resources and time available for research ranked lowest.