The Generosity of an Urban Professoriate: Understanding Faculty as Donors and Academic Citizens

  • Genevieve G. Shaker Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Keywords: Higher Education, Faculty, Academic Citizenship, Philanthropy


Although faculties are often portrayed as institutionally uninvolved, evidence exists that many of them are actually academic citizens who contribute beyond requirements and expectations. Using a phenomenological approach to examine major giving by faculty and their academic citizenship at an urban university, this study of limited sample size shows that faculty citizenship was grounded by philanthropic values such as those that inspired financial giving among the participants.