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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? Teaching Loads Varied Among Those Who Did Some Undergraduate Teaching

In general, instructional faculty and staff at 4-year doctoral institutions had lighter teaching loads than those at 4-year nondoctoral institutions, who in turn had lighter loads than those at 2-year institutions. At the same time, instructional faculty and staff at 4-year doctoral institutions were more likely than their colleagues at 4-year nondoctoral and 2-year institutions to have teaching assistants in some or all of their undergraduate classes.

With some exceptions, undergraduate teaching loads at 4-year institutions were inversely related to faculty's academic rank and tenure status. Instructional faculty and staff with higher academic ranks or tenure status (e.g., full professors or tenured faculty) generally had lighter teaching loads than those with lower academic ranks and tenure status (e.g., instructors/lecturers or nontenure-track faculty). This relationship was more apparent at 4-year doctoral institutions than at 4-year nondoctoral institutions.


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