ERIC Number: EJ1070674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Workload Issues and Measures of Faculty Productivity
Townsend, Barbara K.; Rosser, Vicki J.
Thought & Action, p7-20 Fall 2007
Faculty productivity at the university level has been of interest throughout much of the 20th century. The 1990s saw a surge of interest in faculty productivity as part of an increasing state emphasis on performance accountability in public higher education. These authors sought to examine on a national level the extent (number of hours worked per week) and the nature (instructional and research activities undertaken during these hours) of full-time faculty's workload over an extended time period. A survey was conducted using the National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) with these specific research questions: (1) What was the extent and nature of the faculty workload in 1993 and 2004? (2) Did faculty workload change in extent and/or nature from 1993 to 2004? (3) Were there differences in faculty workload by institutional type in 1993 and 2004? As a result of this study, it was learned that faculty workload did indeed increase in the aggregate between 1993 and 2004.
Descriptors: Productivity, Faculty Workload, Working Hours, Teaching Load, Educational Research, National Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Social Change, Institutional Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Trend Analysis, College Faculty, Faculty Publishing, Teacher Developed Materials, Time Factors (Learning), Public Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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