ERIC Number: ED423740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Faculty in Academe.
NEA Higher Education Research Center Update, v4 n4 Sep 1998
This report reviews the current characteristics of faculty in higher education institutions compared to those of faculty members 20 years ago. It is based on fall 1995 data and 1976 comparison data. A major finding is a substantial increase (91 percent) in the number of part-time faculty compared with an increase of 27 percent in the number of full-time faculty. In two-year colleges, 64 percent of the faculty worked part-time compared with only 31 percent of faculty in four-year institutions. An increase in the overall number of faculty members is due primarily to a doubling of women faculty members and a tripling of women faculty teaching on a part-time basis. Since 1975, all minorities have increased their share of full-time faculty positions. In 1995, 52 percent of full-time faculty members were tenured and 20 percent were on tenure track: a larger portion of minority faculty members and females were on tenure track than were white, non-Hispanic faculty members or males. Twenty-nine percent of full-time faculty members were professors: 36 percent of men had this rank; the highest percentage of women was at the assistant professor level. Tables and figures provide additional detail. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Adjunct Faculty, College Faculty, Data Analysis, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Groups, Part Time Faculty, Sex Differences, Teacher Characteristics, Trend Analysis
National Education Association, Office of Higher Education, 1201 Sixteenth St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; phone: 202-822-7100.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Office of Higher Education.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Data analysis based on the National Center for Education Statistics report, "Fall Staff in Postsecondary Institutions, 1995."