Diversity of Full-Time Faculty, by Rank

Faculty rank is a hierarchical structure that often represents promotions and salary increases with each upward step (Tien and Blackburn 1996). Across all faculty ranks, the majority of full-time faculty were White. The total share of Whites was highest among full professors (79.8 percent), followed by instructors, lecturers, and faculty with no academic rank (73.9 percent), associate professors (73.3 percent), and assistant professors (65.4 percent).

Full-Time Faculty, by Rank and Race and Ethnicity: Fall 2016


U.S. Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2016

Data reflect full-time faculty at public four-year, private nonprofit four-year, public two-year, and for-profit institutions. Institutions were categorized into sectors based upon control of the institution and the length of the predominant award granted.