How the “great resignation” is playing out in academia: Editorial

In a new article for Nature, Virginia Gewin discusses how the “great resignation” is playing out in academia. Gewin says that a wave of departures has occurred as academics – particularly scientists – have begun to re-evaluate their careers and lifestyles. The author says that the pandemic added demands to researchers and increased unhappiness levels, with academics struggling with parenting, increased workloads, or pay cuts. Additionally, some have faced inequity in promotion or gaining funding. In response, academics have begun to leave academia to pursue work in industry. “At a certain point, it doesn’t make sense to continue what we call ‘costly persistence,’” said researcher Sarah Tashjian. Nature Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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