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Measuring Faculty Productivity: Towards a Unified Methodology at the Departmental Level




Bartholomew, Patricia

Type of Degree



Education Foundation, Leadership, and Technology


A disproportionate number of departmental and faculty productivity indices in higher education rely solely on research. Productivity in other areas of faculty workload areas, like teaching and institutional and community service are either measured separately or ignored all together. This dissertation proposes a unified methodology to calculate higher education departmental productivity inclusive of the three primary areas of faculty responsibility: teaching, research, and service. This information better informs higher education administrators and department heads and helps to focus decision making in resource allocation by providing adequate benchmarking against peer and aspirant institutions while accounting for institutional mission.