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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

What Faculty Do All Day

Interesting article in today's Inside Higher Ed: What You Do All Day, which reports on a new study released by the U.S. Department of Education, 2004 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF:04): Background Characteristics, Work Activities, and Compensation of Instructional Faculty and Staff: Fall 2003 (Dec. 21, 2005).  Among the 29 interesting tables are these:

Table 18 reports that the average number of hours worked by full-time faculty in Fall 2003 ranged from 50 - 55 hours.  Table 19 reports on the breakdown of these hours:

Table 19: Use of Time by Full-Time Faculty, by Sector

Institution

Teaching

Research

Other

Public Doctoral

50.8%

28.2%

21.1%

Private Doctoral

49.3%

28.5%

22.3%

Public Master’s

66.4%

14.3%

19.4%

Private Master’s

68.7%

10.9%

20.4%

Private Baccalaurate

67.7%

12.0%

20.3%

Public Community College

79.8%

3.5%

16.8%

Table 19: Use of Time by Full-Time Faculty, by Discipline

Discipline

Teaching

Research

Other

Agriculture/Home Economics

52.6%

24.0%

23.4%

Business

61.6%

20.9%

17.6%

Education

60.0%

15.0%

25.1%

Engineering

56.2%

26.2%

17.6%

Fine Arts

67.1%

13.7%

19.2%

Health Sciences

49.1%

19.1%

31.8%

Humanities

64.6%

17.5%

17.9%

Natural Sciences

54.5%

29.7%

15.8%

Social Sciences

55.4%

25.8%

18.8%

Table 21: Average Weekly Hours Spent Teaching by Full-Time Faculty, by Sector

Institution

Classroom Time

Contact Hours

Public Doctoral

8.1

287

Private Doctoral

7.8

273

Public Master’s

10.9

294

Private Master’s

11.6

274

Private Baccalaurate

10.6

223

Public Community College

18.1

431

Table 21: Average Weekly Hours Spent Teaching by Full-Time Faculty, by Discipline

Discipline

Classroom Time

Contact Hours

Agriculture/Home Economics

8.8

268

Business

10.0

318

Education

10.0

230

Engineering

7.9

197

Fine Arts

11.0

244

Health Sciences

10.5

344

Humanities

9.3

240

Natural Sciences

9.1

323

Social Sciences

8.2

279

[Contact Hours = Classroom Time x Number of Students] 

Table 23: Average Number of Publications & Presentations Last 2 Years, by Sector

Institution

Articles

Reviews

Books

Presentations

Public Doctoral

5.1

1.0

0.6

6.8

Private Doctoral

5.1

1.3

0.5

6.5

Public Master’s

2.6

0.7

0.5

4.8

Private Master’s

1.9

0.5

0.3

4.1

Private Baccalaurate

1.7

0.6

0.4

4.1

Public Community College

0.7

0.3

0.3

2.9

Table 23: Average Number of Publications & Presentations Last 2 Years, by Discipline

Discipline

Articles

Reviews

Books

Presentations

Agriculture/Home Economics

7.4

0.8

0.9

8.7

Business

2.9

0.5

0.4

3.6

Education

2.6

0.6

0.6

6.4

Engineering

6.9

0.7

0.9

5.9

Fine Arts

2.1

0.8

0.4

14.7

Health Sciences

4.3

1.0

0.5

6.6

Humanities

2.7

1.6

0.5

4.2

Natural Sciences

5.1

0.7

0.4

5.0

Social Sciences

3.4

1.1

0.7

5.1

Articles = Articles or Creative Works Published in Refereed and Non-refereed Jurnals & Media

Reviews = Reviews of Books, Articles, or Creative Works Chapters

Books = Textbooks, Other Books, Monographs, and Client Reports

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