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Percentage of Part-time Faculty and Instructional Staff Continues to Increase

June 1, 2005

According to the first analysis of data from the 2004 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF:04), 44 percent of faculty and instructional staff at all institutions in fall 2003 were part-time compared with 33 percent in 1987 (the first year of data collection). The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data briefing provides detailed information about faculty and instructional staff at two- and four-year degree-granting institutions by gender, race/ethnicity, tenure status, and income.  

Other major findings from the study include:

  • Eight out of 10 full-time faculty and instructional staff were white.
  • More than 60 percent of full-time faculty and instructional staff were male.
  • Among full-time faculty and instructional staff, the average total income in 2003 was $81,200; for part-time faculty and instructional staff, the average was $52,500.
  • Almost half (48 percent) of full-time faculty and instructional staff held tenure.

Further analysis of the NSOPF:04 data will be conducted by NCES. For more information on other NCES reports, see the NACUBO research Web pages.