The National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) was conducted in response to a continuing need for data on faculty and instructors - persons who directly affect the quality of education in postsecondary institutions.


Institution Survey (1988, 1993, 1999, and 2004)

Counts of faculty; faculty hires and departures; tenure of faculty; tenure policies; retirement and other benefits of faculty.

Department Chairperson Survey (1988 only)

Faculty composition in department; tenure of faculty in department; faculty hires and departures in department; hiring practices; activities to assess faculty performance; professional and developmental activities.

Faculty Survey (1988, 1993, 1999, and 2004)

Sociodemographic characteristics; academic and professional background; field of instruction; employment history; current employment status including rank and tenure; workload; courses taught; publications; job satisfaction and attitudes; career and retirement plans; benefits and compensation.