Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 125–138 | Cite as

Higher Education Trust, Rank and Race: A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis

  • Page A. Smith
  • Alan R. Shoho


This study involved an analysis of faculty trust in a large southwestern institution. After reviewing the literature, we identified a valid and reliable instrument, the Higher Education Faculty Trust Inventory, to measure higher education faculty trust in administrators, colleagues, and students. We then used this instrument to gauge various aspects of faculty trust, and we found significant trust differences among professors of varying academic ranks (i.e., adjunct, assistant, associate, and full professor). We found, however, no significant trust differences in regard to race. Finally, we discuss the findings within a context of implications for future research and practice in higher education.

Key words

faculty trust rank race higher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Leadership & Policy StudiesUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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