Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey, United States, 2018 (ICPSR 37866)

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Melissa Blankstein, Ithaka S + R; Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Ithaka S + R

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https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37866.v1

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The seventh cycle of the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey queried a random sample of higher education faculty members in the United States to learn about their attitudes and practices related to research, teaching, and communicating. Respondents were asked about resource discovery and access; research topics and practices; research dissemination, including data management and preservation; instruction and perceptions of student research skills; the role and value of the academic library; open-educational resources; and learning analytics tools. Demographic variables include the respondent's age, gender, primary academic field, how many years the respondent has worked at his or her current college or university, how many years the respondent has worked in his or her field, and whether the respondent primarily identifies as a researcher, teacher, or somewhere in between.

Blankstein, Melissa, and Wolff-Eisenberg, Christine. Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey,  United States, 2018. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-09-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37866.v1

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2018-10-03 -- 2018-12-21
2018-10-03 -- 2018-12-21
  1. For additional information on the 2018 US Faculty Survey, as well as the Ithaka S+R Surveys of Higher Education Series, please visit the Ithaka S+R website.

  2. Questionnaire: Coded values are in parentheses (i.e. "(10)"). For matrix and multi-select questions, the variable names are below each item/statement in parentheses (i.e. "(Q3_1)"). Display logic, which signifies that a question was only presented to those who satisfied a condition in their response to another question, is highlighted in blue. This text was not visible to respondents within the questionnaire.

This study was intended to provide higher education institutions and support services, such as academic libraries, learned societies, and scholarly publishers, with timely findings and analysis that help them plan for the future.

The population for this survey is faculty members from all of the arts and sciences fields and most professions at colleges and universities in the United States that grant a bachelor's degree or higher. For this cycle, medical respondents are included in our disciplinary analysis but are excluded from all measures of aggregate response, so that appropriate aggregate comparisons can be drawn against previous survey cycles.The survey was fielded in fall 2018 to a sample of 150,941 faculty members, and we received a total of 10,919 responses, for an aggregate response rate of 7.23%. Invitations and reminder messages were sent from a variety of sources, including Ithaka S+R, a number of scholarly societies, and several universities. Response patterns varied to some degree by discipline, and to adjust for this we have weighted the aggregate results from our sample proportionally to match population parameters.

Cross-sectional

This study covers academics at 4-year colleges and universities in the United States covering the major arts and sciences fields, and several major professional fields.

Individual

Demographic variables include the respondent's age, gender, primary academic field, how many years the respondent has worked at his or her current college or university, how many years the respondent has worked in his or her field, and whether the respondent primarily identifies as a researcher, teacher, or somewhere in between. Other variables asked about resource discovery and access; research topics and practices; research dissemination, including data management and preservation; instruction and perceptions of student research skills; and the role and value of the academic library.

The response rate for this survey was 7.23 percent.

2020-09-24

2020-09-24 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 variable labels and/or value labels.

Response patterns varied to some degree by discipline, and to adjust for this we have weighted the aggregate results from our sample proportionally to match population parameters; data are weighted by the "academic_field" variable in the dataset.

Academic_field; Weight

  • AfStud 1.003916723
  • AfAmStud 1.188537941
  • AmStud 1.178592017
  • Anthro 0.678908177
  • AsiaStud 1.313791285
  • Bio 1.095666171
  • BusFin 1.638689044
  • Chem 1.223592595
  • Classics 0.842879964
  • Econ 1.311989999
  • Educ 0.889968496
  • Eng 1.534683989
  • Geog 0.967428787
  • Geol 0.47401483
  • History 0.478041261
  • ArtHist 0.559405332
  • IndStud 0.751469828
  • LAStud 3.550694938
  • Law 1.760376781
  • Lit 0.51319279
  • Math 1.29228422
  • MEStud 0.711547993
  • Music 1.311479584
  • Phil 0.479944483
  • PhysSci 0.758301372
  • Physics 1.05984371
  • PubPol 0.989231954
  • PoliSci 1.084384171
  • Psych 1.170057592
  • PubHlth 0.445245873
  • Religion 0.560827713
  • SlavStud 1.028574327
  • Soc 0.771258915
  • Theater 1.647037993
  • WomStud 0.921008753

Notes

  • Curation and dissemination of this study is provided by the institutional members of ICPSR, and data is available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. To determine if you are at a member institution, check the list of ICPSR member institutions, or learn more about becoming a member.