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Analysis Variable:   Number of Tenured Faculty
Description
This variable indicates the number of full-time members of the instruction/research staff who have achieved tenure and whose major (more than 50 percent) regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research.

Also included are the following full-time instructional faculty who have achieved tenure:

  • full-time instructional faculty on sabbatical leave;
  • full-time replacements for instructional faculty on leave without pay; and
  • chairs of departments (if they have no other administrative title and hold a full-time faculty rank).

    The following instructional faculty are not included:

  • Replacements for instructional faculty on sabbatical leave;
  • Instructional faculty on leave without pay;
  • Instructional faculty for preclinical and clinical medicine (instructional faculty in all other fields, such as dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, dental hygiene, etc., should be reported);
  • Instructional faculty who are employed on a part-time basis;
  • Instructional faculty (such members of religious orders) whose services are valued by bookkeeping entries rather than by full cash transactions;
  • Instructional faculty who, as members of military organizations, are on a salary scale that is different from civilian employees;
  • Administrative officers with titles such as dean of instruction, academic dean, dean of faculty, dean of students, librarian, registrar, coach, etc., even though they may devote part of their time to classroom instruction; and
  • Undergraduate or graduate students who assist in the instruction of courses, but have titles such as graduate or teaching assistant, teaching associate, teaching fellow, etc.
  • Availability
    Tenure data were not collected prior to academic year 1975, from 2002-06, nor after 2012.
    Estimation/Imputation
    Data were estimated by NCES for nonresponding institutions in academic years 1975-78, 1980, 1981, and 1983.
      
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