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PEDAR: Executive Summary Teaching Undergraduates in U.S. Postsecondary Institutions: Fall 1998
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?
Research Methodology
Full Report (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
Who Teaches Undergraduates? Characteristicis of Faculty Who Taught Undergraduate Classes

There was considerable variation among postsecondary instructional faculty and staff regarding the extent to which they taught undergraduates. For example, among both part- and full-time instructional faculty and staff who taught classes at 4-year doctoral institutions, instructors/lecturers were more likely than assistant, associate, or full professors to teach undergraduate classes, and to teach such classes exclusively. Faculty with a lower degree (e.g., a bachelor's or lower degree) were generally more likely than those with a doctoral or first-professional degree to teach undergraduate classes and to teach them exclusively.

At 4-year doctoral institutions, part-time faculty were more likely than full-time faculty to indicate that all of their classes were at the undergraduate level, although no difference was found between the two groups regarding teaching at least one undergraduate class. In addition, at 4-year doctoral institutions, nontenure-track faculty were more likely than tenured faculty to report teaching undergraduate classes exclusively. There was also variation across teaching fields. At 4-year doctoral institutions, both full- and part-time faculty in the humanities were more likely than average to report teaching undergraduate classes and teaching such classes exclusively, whereas those in the health sciences were less likely to do so.

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