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Data/Research: College Faculty & Staff

Reporters covering this beat can benefit from these helpful sources for data and research on faculty and staff issues: 

Adjuncts

Fast facts from The New Faculty Majority, a national adjunct advocacy organization.

Information on the links between student learning and faculty working conditions from the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success at the University of Southern California .

Faculty Demographics and Diversity

Faculty diversity figures from the National Center for Education Statistics. 

Data on annual number of doctoral degrees conferred, by discipline and student demographics, from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Best practices for diversifying the science, math, technology and engineering (STEM) faculty by the national Aspire Alliance.

Redoubling Our Efforts: How Institutions Can Affect Faculty Diversity” by Kimberly Ann Griffin via the American Council on Education.

Rebuild the Academy: Supporting Academic Mothers During COVID-19 and Beyond,” published in PLOS Biology.

Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine,” from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Graduate Students

Ph.D. Stipends is a crowdsource website on graduate program stipends nationwide.

Evidence for a Mental Health Crisis in Graduate Education,” published in Nature Biotechnology.

The Mental Health Crisis in Science,” by Wei Li, Science in the News.

Instructional Costs

Instruction costs as share of institutional budgets from the National Center for Education Statistics. 

Faculty Compensation Survey results from the American Association of University Professors.

Faculty salary and other data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

Faculty retirement benefits data from TIAA Institute. 

Benefits survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. 

Postdoctoral Researchers 

The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited” report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Uncertain Prospects for Postdoctoral Researchers,” based on Nature’s first-ever survey of postdocs.

Shared Governance

American Association of University Professors’ Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities

Shared Governance: Is OK Good Enough?” from the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities. 

Staff 

Staff salary and other data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. 

Professional staff salary and other data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. 

Unions

Overview of faculty collective bargaining from the American Association of University Professors.

Directory and analysis of new bargaining units, including faculty, graduate students and postdocs, from 2013-2019 by the National Center of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Work-Life Issues

Faculty job satisfaction data and other information on diversity and inclusion are available from the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at Harvard University.

Guide to Best Practices in Faculty Retention” from the provost’s office at Columbia University.

Literature review on work-life balance attainment and burnout published in the “Building Healthy Academic Communities Journal.” 

The Role of Faculty in Student Mental Health,” including information on faculty mental health, from the  Healthy Minds Network. 

Updated June 2021.