Faculty Time Study

The purpose of the Faculty Time Study is to understand the full range of faculty work activities, time allocation to them, the nature of requests made to faculty for new work activities, and faculty responses. Many studies show faculty are dissatisfied with the amount of time they spend on teaching and service versus research activities. However, the full range of faculty work activities and the amount of time spent on them is largely unrecorded in systematic ways.

The Faculty Time Study engaged associate and full professor faculty in U.S. research universities in keeping track of their work activities weekly, for four consecutive weeks. Participants completed an initial in-take survey that asked demographic questions as well as questions related to ongoing work commitments (e.g., teaching load, editorial appointments). Researchers selected participants using purposeful sampling to obtain a diversity of participants by gender, race, rank and discipline. Participants completed four weeks of time surveys. 

Click on the following link for more about the Faculty Time Study: 2015 Brief.

 

 

Publications & Presentations

Asked more often: Gender differences in faculty workload in research universities and the work interactions that shape them.

American Educational Research Journal, 54(6), 1154-1186.

Guided by research on gendered organizations and faculty careers, we examined gender differences in how research university faculty spend their work time. We used time-diary methods to understand faculty work activities at a micro level of detail, as recorded by faculty themselves over four weeks. We also explored workplace interactions that shape faculty workload. Similar to past studies we found women faculty spending more time on campus service, student advising, and teaching related activities and male faculty spending more time on research. We also found women receiving more new work requests than men and men and women receiving different kinds of work requests. We consider implications for future research and the career advancement of women faculty in research universities.

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