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Experiences of new tenure-track PhD-prepared faculty: a scoping review

  • Winnifred Savard ORCID logo EMAIL logo , Pauline Paul , Christy Raymond , Solina Richter ORCID logo and Joanne Olson


The purpose of this scoping review was to assess the state of the literature concerning the experiences of new PhD-prepared tenure-track faculty, with a keen interest in nursing faculty. Effective recruitment and retention strategies for new nursing academic faculty need to be found and implemented. A literature review based on Arksey and O’Malley’s five-stage framework for scoping reviews was undertaken. Using the PRISMA protocol, a systematic literature search was conducted in seven databases of studies published in English. Based upon inclusion criteria and relevance, 13 studies out of 90 papers were included in this study. Themes identified from the studies were transitioning to academia, developing a research program, balancing work and life, and perceived inequity. The research was predominately American and Canadian based. Several gaps in the literature were identified. Further research is critical to make recommendations to key stakeholders for recruitment and retention strategies.

Corresponding author: Winnifred Savard, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Phone: 780 966 7523, E-mail:

  1. Research funding: None declared.

  2. Author contributions: All authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this manuscript and approved its submission.

  3. Competing interests: Authors state no conflict of interest.

  4. Informed consent: Not applicable.

  5. Ethical approval: Not applicable.


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Received: 2022-03-11
Accepted: 2023-04-25
Published Online: 2023-05-12

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