Percentage of Teaching by Temporary Faculty

Go back to the beginning of this presentation, by Randall Richardson and Susan Beck of the University of Arizona, about the results of a national survey of geoscience departments.

Key findings:

  • At PhD granting institutions less than 20% of the teaching is done with temporary faculty.
  • At 4-year and master's institutions the number of classes taught by temporary faculty is higher in some cases as much as 40%.
  • As expected the 2-year institutions rely heavily on temporary faculty.

Click on the thumbnail images to see larger versions of each graph.


About what percentage of your departmental teaching is done by temporary (non-permanent, non-graduate-teaching-assistant) faculty?
Choices from left to right: 0%, less than 20%, 20-40%, 40-60%, more than 60%.

Two-Year Programs



Undergraduate Programs



Master's Programs



PhD Programs



PhD Programs >20 FTEs


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