Office of Institutional Research
March 31, 2003
This report describes the results of the
UND Faculty Survey completed in 2001-2002 by faculty who
taught in the Fall of 2001. It provides information on faculty
characteristics, teaching and other activities,
workload, job satisfaction and sources of stress, as well
as faculty perceptions about the institution, their
professional goals and goals for undergraduate students,
and their views on higher education issues. This
report includes only (FTUG) faculty
responses in comparison with responses of FTUG
faculty in samples from other four-year public university
respondents unless otherwise stated.
- A total of
243 faculty, 139 (57%) male and 104 (43%) female, participated
the survey. Among them,
103 male (58%) and 75 female (42%) were classified as FTUG faculty.
- The majority of respondents held the
rank of associate professor. The gender effect is more
at the professor and the lecturer/instructor levels.
- Forty-eight percent of the FTUG faculty are tenured.
Sixty-two percent of them indicated tenure is
essential in attracting the best minds to academe.
- Sixty-three percent of the FTUG faculty earned doctorate
or the highest professional degrees.
- FTUG faculty were primarily (88% of males, 86% of females)
in age range 30 to 59 years.
- The percentage of FTUG faculty who have been at UND
for over 18 years was much lower than the
national sample while the percentage of FTUG faculty who have been
at UND for seven years or less
was much higher than their national counterparts.
- Teaching was the principal activity for the majority
of the FTUG faculty (91%).
- FTUG faculty stated greater interest in teaching than
the national average. Only 13 percent of FTUG
faculty report that their primary interests are either in research
or leaning toward research.
- Intellectual challenge, intellectual freedom, and freedom
to pursue interests were the three most
frequently chosen reasons for why FTUG faculty chose an academic
- Colleagues, institutional emphasis on teaching, other
personal/family consideration were the most
important three reasons why FTUG faculty chose to work for
- FTUG faculty at UND were more likely than their national
peers to teach an ethnic studies course, teach
a service learning coursework, participate in teaching
enhancement workshop, and teach a course
exclusively through the internet.
- FTUG female faculty were more likely than male faculty
to use the following instructional methods in
classes: class discussion, cooperative learning, experiential
learning or field studies, group projects,
independent projects, multiple drafts of written work,
readings on racial and ethnic issues, readings on
women and gender issues, student-developed activities,
student-selected topics for course content, and
community service as part of coursework.
- FTUG female faculty
were more likely than their male peers to use the following
classes: student presentations, term/research papers, and
student evaluations of each other’s work.
- In the past two years, 66 percent of
the male and 56 percent of female FTUG faculty published.
- Time constraints, lack of personal time, institutional
procedures, managing household responsibilities,
and keeping up with information technology have been
identified as the top five sources of stress.
- To promote the intellectual development
of students was rated as the highest institutional priority.
- Among 15 local questions, the top 5 items receiving
very satisfied or satisfied remarks by FTUG faculty
were: instructional development, secretarial/clerical
support, instructional technology, student service,
and academic media. The least satisfactory items were
cultural diversity and compensation.
- Thirty-three percent of the FTUG
faculty have received at least one firm job offer in the
last 2 years and
38 percent considered leaving the academic field for
other jobs. However, 44 percent of FTUG faculty
indicated their strong desires to be college professors.
- The overall job satisfaction rate of FTUG faculty is
73 percent (75% of males and 70% of females).