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ERIC Number: ED444410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 73
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Faculty and Staff in Higher Education Institutions Who Taught Classes to Undergraduates: Fall 1992. Statistical Analysis Report. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports.
Chen, Xianglei
This study addresses the widespread perception that undergraduate students are increasingly taught by part-time, junior, or nontenure-track faculty. To determine the extent to which that is true, the study addresses the questions of who is teaching in classrooms and what teaching load they carry. Data is from the 1992-93 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF:93), a nationally representative sample of instructional faculty and staff, excluding teaching assistants. The results showed that, contrary to perceptions, a majority of senior and tenured faculty were involved at least to some extent in undergraduate instruction. However, those of higher academic rank, or with higher degrees, were less likely to teach undergraduates and to teach them exclusively. Undergraduate teaching loads varied widely across and within institutions; in general, they were lighter at four-year doctoral institutions than at four-year nondoctoral institutions. In turn, these teaching loads were lighter than at two-year institutions. Professors who taught only undergraduates had a much higher undergraduate teaching load, and there were similar differences for those who taught only lower-division students against those who taught upper-division and graduate classes. A glossary and technical notes are appended. There are extensive tables and figures. (Contains 28 references.) (RH)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.