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. 

Insights

May 2015

Two-thirds of tenured faculty expect to work past normal retirement age—but their reasons for doing so may be based on faulty assumptions.

April 2015

While they enjoy the work itself, adjunct faculty have concerns about salary, job security and retirement readiness.

October 2014

In an era of severe budgetary constraints, colleges and universities have struggled to create new faculty workforce models that are responsive to the emerging needs of a new generation of diverse, nontraditional students.

Research Reports

March 2016

Today, some 70% of faculty at U.S. institutions hold full- or part-time nontenure-track positions, and a return to the days of a largely tenure-track faculty is highly unlikely. What’s less clear is what future faculty models should look like.

March 2016

U.S. colleges and universities have indeed increased faculty diversity over the past 20 years, but most gains have been off the tenure track.

May 2013

In The American Faculty: The Restructuring of Academic Work and Careers (Johns Hopkins University Press) we documented how the faculty and their careers were being reshaped in fundamental ways.