ERIC Number: ED321628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Faculty in Higher Education Institutions, 1988. Contractor Report.
Russell, Susan H.; And Others
The 1988 National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty surveyed 7,408 full- and part-time regular faculty, department chairpersons, and institutional representatives of 480 nonproprietary accredited U.S. institutions of higher education granting a two-year or higher degree. The survey, conducted between December 1987 and October 1988, examined demographic characteristics, workload, compensation, retirement plans, and job satisfaction. Major findings included: the typical full-time faculty member is a white middle-aged male with tenure; racial/ethnic minorities comprised only about 10% of the full-time faculty, and women only 27%; the average full-time faculty member reported working a total of 53 hours per week for an annual income of about $49,000; a high percentage of full-time faculty were satisfied with such job dimensions as academic freedom, colleagues, and job security; fewer were satisfied with their salaries, institutional authority and leadership. On most issues higher percentages of part-time rather than full-time faculty indicated satisfaction though part-time faculty were less satisfied with benefits, job security, and opportunity for advancement. Plans to retire or otherwise leave their job within 3 years of the survey were reported by nearly one-fourth of full-time and one-third of part-time faculty. Appendixes provide technical notes, standard error tables, and the survey questionnaire. (DB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Data Series: DR-NSOPF-87/88-1.27.