In comparing the 1992 and 2007 international survey data, the researchers found that U.S. scholars in the latest survey were less likely to be interested in research, relative to teaching*; were receiving less financial support for research* and were less satisfied with the quality of equipment and laboratories; were less likely to be tenured or on the tenure track*; and were slightly less likely to be involved in international collaborations*.

*I’d even bet that these things are all related. Funny how, if one isn’t tenure-track and isn’t getting funded, one tends to focus on teaching rather than international research collaborations.

At the risk of further stating the obvious, I bet that if one isn’t settled into a tenure-track job, one’s focus on teaching gets somewhat diluted every fall by the enormous time-and-energy suck of going on the job market once again.

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