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Research Management Review, v18 n1 p19-30 Spr-Sum 2011

This paper expands upon the seminal work of Roberts and House, which described the first empirical study of the demographic profile of a research administrator. The original work was based upon data from the 2005 Research Administrator Survey (RAS), a regional study of research administrators in the southeastern United States. In this paper, nationwide demographic data from the 2010 Research Administrators stress Perception Survey (RASPerS) are compared to the 2005 RAS data. These comparisons revealed that the general profile of a research administrator continues to be overwhelmingly female (80.1%), holding a higher education degree (88.7%), and aged 40-49 years (31.9%). The 2010 data showed an extremely significant difference in the modal salary level, which increased from $50,000 to $74,999 (40.0%). In 2005, the increase was from $40,000 to $50,000 (23%). Level of education was slightly higher in 2010 than in 2005, with more research administrators holding both bachelor's and master's degrees. Additional demographic and social data are described from the 2010 RASPerS. These include both work and non-work factors. These data are offered to provide information that may be useful for others with an interest in expanding the body of knowledge about the profession of research administration. (Contains 4 tables.)

Descriptors: Profiles, Research Administration, Administrator Characteristics, Demography, Stress Variables, National Surveys, Bayesian Statistics, Educational Attainment, Salary Wage Differentials, Performance Factors, Administrator Role, Tenure, Health Insurance, Working Hours, Ethnic Groups, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Marital Status, Comparative Analysis, Occupational Surveys

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Author: Shambrook, Jennifer; Roberts, Thomas J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1186&id=EJ980454







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