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ISSN: 0331-4111
Volume 15, No. 2  (2017)


Career Progression and Satisfaction among Female Academics of Selected Universities in Southwest, Nigeria
Yetunde A. Aluko1, Adedeji O. Adewusi 2, & Peter O. Kalejaiye 3
1Social and Governance Policy Research Department NISER, Ojoo, Oyo State
2Department of Sociology University of Ibadan Ibadan, Oyo State
3Department of Sociology Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State

This article examined the rate at which female academics progress in their career and the level of on-the-job satisfaction in some selected universities. One hundred and nineteen copies of questionnaire were retrieved from respondents which was then analysed through descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Results revealed that despite numerous years spent in the service of these institutions, female academics still maintain the ranks they were placed on from their first appointments. This was due to factors such as poor conditions of work, loaded marriage obligations, insufficient educational qualification and overcrowded job schedule which have resulted in poor participation in administrative duties and insufficient academic publication among others. The article concludes that female progression to top academic ranks is slow due to structural demands. The article, therefore, recommends that policies that promote work flexibility are to be put in place by these institutions in order to enhance healthy balance and harmonious relationship between female academics, their spouses and the school management. By doing this, it is expected that promotion requirements are met, tendencies for progression are certain and satisfaction is guaranteed.
Keywords: Academics, Career progression, Family, Satisfaction, Women, Universities

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