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ERIC Number: ED381104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Senior Faculty in Academe: Active, Committed to the Teaching Role.
Research Briefs, v2 n5 1991
This research brief offers a profile of full-time college and university faculty who are 50 years of age or older, paying particular attention to their teaching activities and attitudes toward teaching. Data are presented on: the proportion of the professoriate that are senior faculty; changes in the age profile of college faculty between 1973 and 1989; composition by gender, race, and academic rank; career milestones such as tenure and publication activity; regular activities of senior faculty; differences in activities of faculty at two-year and four-year institutions; attitudes toward teaching and research; satisfaction with their work; and plans for the future. The profile suggests that today's faculty include large numbers of older faculty, most of whom have been at the same institution for 20 or more years. Most senior faculty are productive, contributing members of the academic professions, who are particularly active and interested in teaching undergraduates. Senior faculty are predominantly white and male and are likely to continue in their positions for another decade or two. Implications of the data are outlined. Contains 4 end notes, descriptions of 4 data sources, and 17 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Aging in Academia, College Faculty, Colleges, Faculty Publishing, Full Time Faculty, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Middle Aged Adults, Productivity, Profiles, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching (Occupation), Tenure, Two Year Colleges, Work Attitudes, Young Old Adults
Publications, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (single copy, $10; annual subscription, $58; 10 percent member discount).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Policy Analysis and Research.