ERIC Number: ED211333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-2
Reference Count: 0
Engineering Colleges Report 10% of Faculty Positions Vacant in Fall 1980. Science Resources Studies Highlights.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Science Resources Studies.
The results of a National Science Foundation survey of 181 engineering colleges are summarized in this report which focuses on the extent of and reasons for faculty vacancies and effects of staffing problems. Major findings indicate that: (1) most deans of engineering colleges believe that difficulties in filling faculty slots have impaired the quality of research and instructional programs at their institutions; (2) approximately 10% of the 16,200 full-time engineering faculty positions available in 1980/81 were not filled; (3) the percentage of positions that were unfilled varied by field with the highest vacancies in industrial engineering (13%) and computer science/computer engineering (16%) and lowest (4%) in aeronautical/astronautical engineering; (4) nearly 9 out of 10 institutions have difficulty in filling vacant positions; (5) teaching loads have been increased and courses eliminated to adjust for vacancies; (6) engineers from other countries have helped to fill the faculty shortage; and (7) decreased numbers of new doctoral engineers and industrial competition may account for the current shortage of engineering faculty. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Science Resources Studies.
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