2006 Faculty Time
Across disciplines, full-time faculty respondents devote about 60% of their time to teaching-related activities (e.g. time in class, grading), 15% of their time to research and scholarly activities, and 25% of their time to other activities (e.g., advising, service). The FSSE percentages closely mirror those derived from data collected nationally (Table 2).
- The average amount of time spent on all of these professorial activities varies by discipline from 55 hours per week in the Physical Sciences to 63 hours per week in Education.
- On average, faculty from across the disciplines are spending between 51% and 64% of their time on teaching—Arts and Humanities faculty spend about 64% of their time while Engineering faculty spend about 51% of their time.
- Engineering and Biological/Life Sciences faculty spend more of their time per week on research and scholarly activities (25% and 19%, respectively) while Education and Professional Studies faculty spend less (12% in both areas).
- Education and Professional Studies faculty devote more of their time to “other” activities (31% and 30%, respectively) whereas faculty from the Physical Sciences and Arts and Humanities spend less than their colleagues (21% and 22%, respectively) on such activities.
The table below is an example how an institution can highlight a certain activity, in this case research, and compare percentage of time spent by discipline to the national average.