Professional networks of junior faculty in psychology Article

Rose, SM. (1985). Professional networks of junior faculty in psychology . PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN QUARTERLY, 9(4), 533-547. 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1985.tb00901.x

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  • Rose, SM



  • Composition and functioning of academics’ professional networks were assessed in a study of 47 women and 43 men holding tenure-track assistant professor positions in psychology at sixty universities. Women's networks had significantly more women colleagues, more higher-status women colleagues, and fewer associates from their previous institutions than men's. Women also consistently rated their networks as less effective at helping them build a professional reputation. However, women were similar to men in terms of the number of “important colleagues” and higher status associates in their networks and ratings of colleagues’ effectiveness at providing professional socialization, friendship, career information, and access to current research. The results suggest that by the third year at the assistant professor level, women in psychology have established a small same-sex support network, but that their larger network functioning may be beginning to diverge from men's in one important area: building a professional reputation. Implications for women's career strategies are discussed. © 1985, American College of Veterinary Pathologists. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • January 1, 1985

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  • 533

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  • 547


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