Inside Higher Ed
November 13th, 2014
Faculty members may not be flocking to all-online class formats, but
they’re using technology and other pedagogies to make their classrooms
more student-centered. Faculty members are divided, however, along
racial, ethnic and gender lines about the state of diversity and climate
at their institutions. And while non-tenure-track professors seem to be
getting some advance notice for courses, they’re still denied basic
resources with which to do their jobs.
Those are some of the major findings of a new report from the Higher
Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los
Angeles. The institute’s Undergraduate Teaching Faculty survey
is published every few years, and it's one of the most comprehensive
national data sets on the attitudes and working conditions of
undergraduate instructors. This year’s report covers 2013-14; the last
was published in 2012.
That study found that professors were spending less time teaching and
suffering stress from a variety of sources – especially at public
institutions. But they still wanted to be college professors.