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Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012 (ICPSR 34651)

Principal Investigator(s): Schonfeld, Roger C., Ithaka S+R; Wulfson, Kate, Ithaka S+R; Housewright, Ross, Ithaka S+R


This collection represents the fifth cycle of the US Faculty Survey conducted by Ithaka S+R in fall 2012. Investigators surveyed a random sample of higher education faculty members to learn about their attitudes and practices related to research, teaching, and communicating. The fifth cycle differs from previous releases in two significant regards: the questionnaire was developed with input from an advisory committee of academic professionals, and the methodology was revised to take advantage of online distribution and response collection. Demographic and professional information collected includes respondent age, sex, title, primary academic field, number of years working in primary academic field, number of years working at current college or university, and whether the respondent primarily identifies as a researcher, a teacher, or some combination of roles.

Series: Ithaka S R Surveys of Higher Education Series

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DS1:  US Faculty Survey Anonymized Dataset - Download All Files (51.972 MB)
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DS2:  US Faculty Survey Weights by Discipline - Download All Files (1.695 MB)
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Study Description


Schonfeld, Roger C., Kate Wulfson, and Ross Housewright. Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012. ICPSR34651-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-12-21. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34651.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34651.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic libraries, access to information, college faculty, databases, digital preservation, education, educational assessment, educational environment, educational facilities, educational programs, innovation, libraries, library collections, library services, research, teacher attitudes, technological change, technology

Smallest Geographic Unit:    None.

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2012-09-10--2012-10-15

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-09-10--2012-10-15

Unit of Observation:    Individual, Discipline

Universe:    Academic faculty and staff at 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. Individuals working in major arts and sciences fields, as well as several major professional fields, were targeted for inclusion. Agriculture and health sciences fields were specifically excluded.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For additional information on the 2012 US Faculty Survey, as well as the Ithaka S+R Surveys of Higher Education Series, please visit the Ithaka S+R Web site.


Sample:    160,008 participants were selected via an "every nth" selection from listed sources of faculty members maintained by MDR. Certain disciplines were over-sampled in order to allow analysis of subgroups of particular importance, with care taken to ensure that the over-sampling did not disproportionately affect overall results. The data feature responses from 7,491 individual respondents representing 35 disciplines, or fields of study.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted. However, variable WEIGHT is present in both datasets and should be applied for analysis to weight observations at the faculty level (DS1) and field level (DS2). Investigators calculated weight values by discipline (field of study), with partial responses excluded from the calculation of weights.

Mode of Data Collection:    web-based survey

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-07-01

Version History:

  • 2016-12-21 The collection is being updated to include a revised faculty survey (DS1), a weights file (DS2), and a new codebook provided by the P.I.

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