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PEDAR: Executive Summary Teaching Undergraduates in U.S. Postsecondary Institutions: Fall 1998
Introduction
Who Teaches Undergraduates?
Who Teaches Undergraduates? Overall Pattern
Who Teaches Undergraduates? Variation Across Type of Institutions
Who Teaches Undergraduates? Use of Part-Time Faculty and Teaching Assistants
Who Teaches Undergraduates? Involvement of Senior Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Who Teaches Undergraduates? Characteristics of Faculty Who Taught Undergraduate Classes
Who Teaches Undergraduates? Independent Relationship of Specific Variables to Teaching Undergraduate Classes
How Much Do Faculty Teach?
How Much Do Faculty Teach? Time Allocated to Undergraduate Teaching Activities
How Much Do Faculty Teach? Undergraduate Teaching Loads
How Much Do Faculty Teach? Teaching Loads Varied Among Those Who Did Some Undergraduate Teaching
What Kinds of Teaching Practices Do Faculty Use in Their Undergraduate Classes?
Conclusions
Research Methodology
References
Full Report (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
How Much Do Faculty Teach? Time Allocated to Undergraduate Teaching Activities

The analysis of faculty time allocation indicated that undergraduate teaching remained the primary focus of postsecondary instructional faculty and staff. In fall 1998, instructional faculty and staff across all types of institutions devoted nearly one-half of their work time (48 percent) to undergraduate teaching activities, a higher percentage than that devoted to graduate teaching activities (11 percent), research (11 percent), administrative tasks (10 percent), and all other tasks (21 percent). Similar patterns were observed among full- and part-time faculty.

However, faculty with a higher academic rank spent more of their time on research and graduate teaching activities and less of their time on undergraduate teaching activities than their junior colleagues. For example, at 4-year doctoral institutions, full-time full professors spent 48 percent of their work time on research and graduate teaching activities, a higher percentage than that spent by full-time instructors/lecturers (22 percent). Conversely, full-time instructors spent one-half of their work time on undergraduate teaching activities, compared with the 21 percent spent by full-time full professors.


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