ERIC Number: ED316169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Descriptive Report of Academic Departments in Higher Education Institutions. 1988 National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF-88). Contractor Report. Survey Report.
Russell, Susan H.; And Others
The report examines university department-level policies regarding faculty hiring, promotions, and benefits. After an introduction, four sections provide information on: (1) faculty composition in departments of instruction (number of faculty per department, percentage of departments with faculty of various types, joint appointments, and teaching assistants); (2) selection and advancement of instructional faculty (the primary decision-making authority, and factors in the selection and advancement of instructional faculty); (3) the assessment of teaching performance; and (4) opportunities for professional development. Some of the highlights are: the average department in four-year and above schools had 18 faculty members, and in two-year schools, the average department had 21; at four-year schools, 73% of departments normally made their own decisions in hiring a given individual for a full-time teaching position (but only 41% did this in two-year schools); and student evaluations were used to evaluate teaching performance of full- and part-time faculty in almost all departments of both two-and four-year schools. Three appendices provide: technical notes (overview, sampling strategy, weight calculations, data collection, data processing, and accuracy of estimates); standard error tables; and the survey questionnaire. (SM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.
Note: Data Series: DR-NSOPF-87/88-1.21.