Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



College of Education and Human Services


Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Committee Chair

Elizabeth A. Jones.


The purpose of this qualitative dissertation study was to examine the types of strategies that academic leaders utilized to address nursing faculty recruitment and retention in various universities. Four research questions were formulated, focusing on current strategies used to recruit and retain nursing faculty, the effectiveness of those strategies, external partnerships utilized, and reasons behind lack of recruitment and retention of nursing faculty. A pilot study and two case studies were conducted, in which nursing administrators and nursing faculty completed a demographic questionnaire and were interviewed using a nursing administrator interview protocol and a nursing faculty interview protocol. Participants at both case study institutions explained that low salary and high workload were the most significant factors in the lack of recruitment and retention of nursing faculty. Moreover, these individuals observed that if schools of nursing wish to increase recruitment and retention efforts, these factors should be modified. These findings were consistent with the literature. Recommendations for future practice and research were made. Further research should be conducted on the interrelationship of salary and workload with recruitment and retention of nursing faculty.