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Faculty at Work, 1988-1989: [United States] (ICPSR 9713)

Principal Investigator(s): Blackburn, Robert T.; Lawrence, Janet H.


The purpose of this survey was to assess the current working conditions for full-time faculty in the United States and to explore the ways in which those conditions affect the teaching role. A secondary purpose of this project was to create a database to serve as a foundation for identifying and studying incentives most likely to motivate faculty members to explore alternative ways of teaching. A cognitive motivation model was used to predict faculty behaviors related to teaching, research, scholarship, and service. Faculty surveyed were from three fields and eight disciplines: the humanities (English and history), natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and mathematics), and social sciences (political science, psychology, and sociology). Institutions excluded from the survey included specialized institutions as designated by the 1976 Carnegie classification, vocational and technical schools, two-year branches of universities, and institutions less than ten years old. Full-time faculty were sampled in the remaining Carnegie types, and stratified by level (I or II) and by control (public or private). Survey items include demographic information, questions about institutional priorities, and a series of questions designed to elicit perceptions of the skills, values, and personality predispositions that characterize the valued professor on the respondent's campus. The unit of analysis is full-time faculty (faculty with a 50 percent or greater faculty appointment in a department) in tenure-track positions.

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Study Description


Blackburn, Robert T., and Janet H. Lawrence. Faculty at Work, 1988-1989: [United States]. ICPSR09713-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09713.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09713.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Education. Office of Educational Research and Improvement (G008690010)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    college faculty, demographic characteristics, demographic statistics, humanities, motivation, natural sciences, professors, scientific research, skills, social sciences, teacher attitudes, teacher evaluation, teacher morals, teaching (occupation), values

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988--1989

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-11--1989-01

Universe:    All full-time faculty in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Produced by the National Center for Research to Improve Post-secondary Teaching and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 1989.


Sample:    Stratified random probability sample representing full-time faculty in each of eight disciplines and in 17 Carnegie types of institutions in the United States.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms, and personal interviews

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:

  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-05-12

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