Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey, United States, 2021 (ICPSR 38593)

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Melissa Blankstein, Ithaka S+R; Ithaka S+R


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The eighth 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 their research and teaching. Respondents were asked about resource discovery and access; research topics and practices; research dissemination, including open access, data management, and preservation; instruction and perceptions of student research skills; the role and value of the academic library; and open-educational resources. Demographic variables include the respondent's age, gender, primary academic field, title or role, institution's Carnegie classification, how many years the respondent has worked at their current college or university, how many years the respondent has worked in their field, what format the courses they are currently teaching (if any) are in (synchronous, asynchronous, or a mix of both) and whether the respondent primarily identifies as a researcher, teacher, or somewhere in between.

Blankstein, Melissa, and Ithaka S+R. Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey, United States, 2021. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2023-03-09.

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  1. For additional information on the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey, please see the Ithaka S+R website.

The purpose of this study was to learn about faculty attitudes and practices related to their research and teaching, as well as to provide actionable findings to help colleges and universities, among other relevant stakeholders such as academic libraries, learned societies, and scholarly publishers, make evidence-based decisions for their planning and strategy.

The population for this survey is faculty members at four-year colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree or higher. While faculty members from the fields of foreign languages and agriculture, and faculty from medical institutions are included in our disciplinary analysis, they are excluded from our aggregate analysis so that the appropriate comparisons can be drawn against all previous survey cycles. The survey was fielded in fall 2021 to a sample of 145,099 faculty members, and we received a total of 7,615 completed surveys for an overall response rate of 5.2%. Invitation and reminder messages were deployed from Ithaka S+R, partner scholarly societies, and several universities. As the responses varied by discipline, we weighted the aggregated results proportionally to match population parameters.


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


The response rate was 5.2%.



2023-03-09 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 researchers weighted the aggregate results from the sample proportionally to match population parameters; data are weighted by the "DISCIPLINE" variable in the dataset.

  • Educ 1.107056837
  • History 0.345220669
  • Eng 1.102858502
  • Math 0.868699803
  • BusFin 2.065286701
  • Bio 1.323421008
  • Psych 1.251797083
  • Physics 0.458476226
  • Phil 0.560846519
  • Music 1.711549302
  • Anthro 0.545581988
  • Lit 0.597975846
  • Chem 1.383892645
  • Geol 0.514180421
  • Religion 0.585491961
  • Polisci 0.994397146
  • Soc 0.983490778
  • Econ 1.404617813
  • Theater 1.932468431
  • Geog 1.026923453
  • ArtHist 0.848246836
  • PubPol 0.912820847
  • Classics 0.778392111
  • AsiaStud 1.276467962
  • WomStud 0.649597463
  • PhysSci 0.889943723
  • AfAmStud 0.642117249
  • Law 1.586799799
  • SlavStud 0.863505314
  • AmStud 1.286071744
  • IndStud 0.532801151
  • AfStud 1.124394153
  • PubHlth 1.68659123
  • LAStud 2.562957261
  • MEStud 1.129905889