ERIC Number: ED206257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Selected Characteristics of Full-Time Humanities Faculty, Fall 1979. Higher Education Panel Report, Number 51.
Atelsek, Frank J.; Gomberg, Irene L.
Information is presented on the total number of faculty in four of the major humanities disciplines, on their gender and racial/ethnic composition, and on their level of education and tenure status. The following four core disciplines were assessed: English, history, modern languages, and philosophy. Of the 693 originally surveyed institutions of the Higher Education Panel, usable responses were received from 562 institutions. Data from responding institutions were statistically adjusted to represent the eligible national population of 2,447 universities, four-year colleges, and two-year colleges. Among the findings are the following: as of fall 1979, more than 2,400 institutions had approximately 58,600 full-time humanities faculty teaching the four humanities areas; English accounted for 30 percent of all humanities departments and 48 percent of all humanities faculty, and philosophy accounted for 2l percent of all departments and 10 percent of all faculty; 72 percent of the 58,600 full-time humanities faculty are tenured, and 12 percent are outside the tenure system; tenure rates among full-time humanities faculty are 79 percent for nonminority men, 71 percent for minority men, 59 percent for nonminority women, and 61 percent for minority women; nearly two-thirds of all full-time humanities faculty had earned a Ph.D. in a humanities field; philosophy had the highest percentage of doctorate holders, followed by history, modern languages, and English; of all faculty teaching in 1979-80 in the four humanities fields, 3,700 were newly appointed that year; nearly three-fifths were appointments in English departments. A sample survey form is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), College Faculty, Comparative Analysis, Doctoral Degrees, English Departments, Females, Higher Education, History, Humanities, Males, Minority Groups, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Qualifications, Tenure, Women Faculty
Higher Education Panel, American Council of Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.