ERIC Number: ED400766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
Baldwin, Roger G.; Chronister, Jay L.
NEA Higher Education Research Center Update, v2 n5 Sep 1996
Non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty represent a significant and growing element of the American academic profession. In the fall of 1992 there were 110,227 full-time faculty working in non-tenure eligible positions. Data from the 1993 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF-93) illustrate where and in what program areas NTT faculty work, and show that women and minorities are more heavily represented among NTT faculty than among full-time tenured and tenure-track professors. NTT faculty generally are in the early stages and lower ranks of an academic career. Many do not have access to the full array of support and professional development opportunities, particularly support for improvement of teaching and research skills and for participation in professional association activities, and are ineligible for sabbaticals and retraining funds. NSOPF-93 data reveal that most NTT faculty are reasonably satisfied with their immediate jobs, although salaries, job security, and opportunities for advancement are sources of job-related dissatisfaction. Many claim they are likely to take a different job, in or out of higher education, within 3 years. The resultant staffing instability on some campuses and the potential loss to higher education of talented individuals should be issues of concern for higher education leaders and public policy makers. (MAH)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Adjunct Faculty, College Faculty, Educational Trends, Faculty Development, Faculty Mobility, Females, Full Time Faculty, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Minority Groups, Nontenured Faculty, Teaching (Occupation), Tenure
National Education Association, Office of Higher Education, 1201 Sixteenth Street N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Office of Higher Education.