National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) Series RSS

Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics

The National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) series was initiated in response to a continuing need for data on faculty and instructional staff in American colleges and universities. It is conducted by the United States National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NSOPF includes a nationally representative sample of full- and part-time faculty and instructional staff at public and private not-for-profit two- and four-year institutions in the United States. The study was initially conducted during the 1987-1988 school year and was repeated in 1992-93 and 1998-99. NSOPF-88 represents the first comprehensive survey of higher education faculty conducted by NCES. The next data collection will occur in the 2003-2004 school year. The NSOPF was designed to provide data about faculty and instructional staff to postsecondary education researchers, planners, and policymakers that will serve to assess changes over time in faculty characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes. It provides data on faculty backgrounds, responsibilities, workloads, salaries, benefits, and attitudes, national estimates of faculty composition, turnover, recruitment, and retention, as well as on institutional policies on retirement and tenure.

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2002
Snyder, Thomas D.,  Hoffman, Charlene M. Digest of Education Statistics 2001. NCES 2002-130, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1997
Kirshstein, Rita J.,  Matheson, Nancy,  Jing, Zhongren . Instructional Faculty and Staff in Higher Education Institutions: Fall 1987 and Fall 1992. NCES 97-470, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1996
Alsalam, Nabeel . The Cost of Higher Education. Findings from the Condition of Education, 1995. NCES 96-769, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1996
Singell, Larry D.,  Lillydahl, Jane H. Will changing times change the allocation of facuty time?. Journal of Human Resources. 31, (2), 429-449.
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1993
Choy, Susan P.,  Bobbitt, Sharon A.,  Henke, Robin R.,  Medrich, Elliott A.,  Horn, Laura J.,  Lieberman, Joanne . America's Teachers: Profile of a Profession. NCES-93-025, Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics.
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1992
Arnold, Carolyn L.,  Levesque, Karen A. Black Americans and Vocational Education: Participation in the 1980s. Macomb, IL: Western Illinois University.
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1992
Hoachlander, Gary,  Kaufman, Phillip,  Levesque, Karen,  Houser, James . Vocational Education in the United States: 1969-1990. NCES 92-669, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1991
Zimbler, Linda . Profiles of Faculty in Higher Education Institutions, 1988. NCES 91-389, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1990
Porter, Joanell . Descriptive Report of Department Chairpersons in Higher Education Institutions - NSOPF. NCES 90-339, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1990
Porter, Joanell . Institutional Policies and Practices Regarding Faculty in Higher Education. NCES 90-333, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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