Perceived Social Isolation and Turnover Intention Among Black Faculty at Midwestern and Southeastern Public U.S. Universities
Dallas Campus (Online)
Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
C. Dean Campbell
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
Despite organizational recruitment and retention initiatives, Black faculty remain underrepresented in U.S. higher education. Existing research substantiates that Black faculty continue to encounter the isolating effects of racial discrimination. The purpose of this quantitative survey research was to examine the association between perceived social isolation and turnover intention among Black faculty at predominately White institutions (PWIs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This study also sought to identify systemic or social practices that counteract Black faculty retention initiatives. Two research questions guided the study: (a) Does perceived social isolation increase turnover intention among Black faculty? and (b) To what degree does the institution type (PWI versus HBCU) moderate the association between perceived social isolation and turnover intention among Black faculty at PWIs? An online survey was administered to collect data on participants’ perceived social isolation and turnover intention, along with anonymous demographic information. Study participants included 125 Black faculty employed at HBCUs and PWIs in the U.S. Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Bivariate correlation analysis determined that turnover intention was significantly related to perceived social isolation. Regression analysis concluded that a statistically significant positive association was found between perceived social isolation and turnover intention among Black faculty. However, institution type was not found to moderate the association, although it exhibited a strong correlation with social isolation.
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Johnson, Trenee T., "Perceived Social Isolation and Turnover Intention Among Black Faculty at Midwestern and Southeastern Public U.S. Universities" (2023). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 557.