Despite the fact that college faculty seem to lead very public lives because they show up in front of audiences on a regular basis, the fact of the matter is that most people – even faculty themselves –don’t know how much time they spend doing the different aspects of their jobs. A new study helps us better understand faculty by grouping them according to the way they spend their time.
A team of researchers from the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University at Bloomington just published a report based on the analyses of responses to the center’s survey of 16,000 full-time instructors who teach at least one under- graduate course. They scrutinized the time that professors spend doing what they do in the core areas of teaching, research, and service. Titled, “Faculty Types and Effective Teaching: A Cautionary Exploration of How Faculty Spend their Time,”the report classifies college faculty into five categories: classic, teaching heavy, research heavy, service heavy, and moderate load.