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Institutional Distribution of Humanities Faculty

Humanities faculty constituted between 11% and 20% of the faculty of various types of postsecondary institutions, with higher percentages found in institutions with predominantly teaching missions (baccalaureate and community colleges). Those employed in such teaching institutions, however, constituted only 45% of the humanities faculty, while those teaching in master’s and doctoral institutions constituted 51%.

Findings and Trends

  • In 2004, the most recent year for which data are available (for details, click the “About the Data” button below the graph), humanities faculty were most prevalent on the campuses of baccalaureate colleges (constituting 20% of all faculty) and associate’s colleges (representing over 16% of all faculty; Indicator III-10a).
  • Indicator III-10b highlights the importance of community colleges for employment in the discipline. Thirty-four percent of all humanities faculty taught in associate’s colleges—more than in any other type of institution.
  • While humanities faculty were most strongly represented on the campuses of baccalaureate colleges, due to the relatively small size of those institutions the humanities faculty at such schools accounted for only 11% of the field’s total.
III-10a: Distribution of Postsecondary Faculty among Academic Fields, by Type of Educational Institution,* 2004

* Institutions have been categorized according to the 2000 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (2004); data accessed and analyzed via NCES’s online Data Analysis System at http://nces.ed.gov/das/.

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III-10b: Institutional Affiliation* of Postsecondary Humanities Faculty, 2004

* Institutions are categorized according to the 2000 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (2004); data accessed and analyzed via NCES’s online Data Analysis System at http://nces.ed.gov/das/.

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