Analyzing academic mobility of u.S. professors based on orcid data and the carnegie classification

Erija Yan, Yongjun Zhu, Jiangen He

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This paper uses two open science data sources—ORCID and the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (CCIHE)—to identify tenure-track and tenured professors in the United States who have changed academic affiliations. Through a series of data cleaning and processing actions, 5,938 professors met the selection criteria of professorship and mobility. Using ORCID professor profiles and the Carnegie Classification, this paper reveals patterns of academic mobility in the United States from the aspects of institution types, locations, regions, funding mechanisms of institutions, and professors’ genders. We find that professors tended to move to institutions with higher research intensity, such as those with an R1 or R2 designation in the Carnegie Classification. They also tend to move from rural institutions to urban institutions. Additionally, this paper finds that female professors are more likely to move within the same geographic region than male professors and that when they move from a less research-intensive institution to a more research-intensive one, female professors are less likely to retain their rank or attain promotion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1451-1467
Number of pages17
JournalQuantitative Science Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 1

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© 2020 Erija Yan, Yongjun Zhu, and Jiangen He.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Cultural Studies
  • Library and Information Sciences


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