Higher Education Workforce Trends

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Evolving Faculty Patterns

Today about 70% of faculty at U.S. institutions hold full- or part-time nontenure-track positions. The TIAA Institute focuses on such issues as the quality of student learning, making the most of the growing contingent faculty and reluctant retirees. 


June 2017

As market forces continue to reshape the higher education landscape, understanding the U.S. college presidency – and its inherent challenges and opportunities – is more important than ever.

October 2016

The shift toward contingent faculty in the academic workforce is well documented; what’s less clear is the concentration of contingent faculty at different types of institutions, the nature of contingent faculty contracts, and the effect on student outcomes.

October 2016

Higher education’s dual mission of research and teaching position the sector to rapidly discover and deploy new processes for teaching and learning. However, resource constraints and traditional structures in higher education can pose major barriers.

Research Reports

May 2011

The engagement, productivity, and vitality of the faculty are extremely important to the success of academic institutions in fulfilling their missions.

May 2008

Faculty in the first five years of their careers at Associated New American Colleges (ANAC) institutions and the department chairs, deans, and chief academic officers who hired them were surveyed to assess the preparation and motivation of doctoral students for faculty careers, the alignment of e

February 2007

The characteristics, work patterns, career progression, and retirement plans of American college and university faculty provide waymarks in the continuing transformation of higher education. While the profession appears to remain generally attractive and satisfying, there are troubling signs.