2008 Faculty Time: Research, Teaching, and Other Professorial Activities
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Percentage of Time per Week Full-Time Faculty Spend on Professorial Activities by Disciplinary Area
According to FSSE 2008 and NSOPF 2004 results, the average full-time faculty member spends over half of their time on teaching related activities (e.g. time in class, grading), one-sixth of their time on research and scholarly work, and a quarter of their time on “other” activities (e.g., advising, service).
- The amount of time faculty spend on all activities varies across disciplinary contexts. For example, faculty in Education spend, on average, 55 hrs/wk while faculty in the Physical Sciences spend about 63 hrs/wk.
- Across all disciplinary areas faculty tend to devote the majority of their work week to teaching related activities. FSSE results suggest faculty in the Arts and Humanities devote the highest percentage (63%) of time per week whereas faculty in Engineering to allocate the smallest percentage (50%) of time.
- Engineering and Biological/Life Science faculty tend to spend nearly twice as much of time on research and scholarly work (24% and 20%, respectively) as faculty in Education and Professional Studies (both 12%).
- Professional Studies and Education faculty tend to devote the most amount of time (32% and 27%, respectively) to “other” professorial activities.