demic year. They sought a total of 102 tenure-track faculty
members and hired 77 for a success rate of 75.5% (Table F5).
This is slightly below last year’s 77.8% success rate, and is slightly below the 77.5% rate reported for tenure-track faculty hiring during the same period by doctoral-granting U.S. CS units
in the Taulbee Survey. Women comprised 27.3% of the new
tenure-track hires for 2018-2019. While lower than the 41%
reported last year, this year’s figure is comparable to those of
previous years and is higher than the 22.9% reported by Taulbee units for 2018-2019. Ethnic diversity among the new tenure-track hires, measured by new hires, who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or
Multiracial, also declined from last year’s 10.7% to 3.9% (Table
F6). This year’s reported level is comparable to the 4.0% reported two years ago. We caution that the small numbers of total
hires in these categories, both individually and collectively, and
the changes in the set of units reporting in a given year, make it
risky to draw wider conclusions from these data, since they are
subject to wide fluctuations from year to year. Figure F2 illustrates the fluctuations in these new hire diversity statistics from
year to year as reported in the NDC.
Table F7 shows the degree required for hiring and promotion of faculty at different ranks. These data do not change much
from year to year. Although fewer academic units provided such
information this year (130 vs. 148 last year), there were no large
changes in the values in this table from those reported last year.
This year, respondents reported on departures of 41 faculty
members in 33 academic units, compared to the 56 departures
in 42 units reported last year. The distribution of these departures is shown in Table F8. Compared with the previous year,
a larger fraction of this past year’s departures left their former
positions for other academic positions ( 29.3% vs. 19.6% last
year); however, none this year were reported as having left for
a non-academic position while 12.5% were in this category in
last year’s report.
Academic units were given the option to report faculty salaries
by individual faculty member (anonymized) or simply an aggregated median salary for each faculty rank. As has been the
The average faculty size for this year’s responding academic
units is slightly lower than that for last year’s respondents (
Table F1). Total faculty head count (HC) this year averaged 13. 1,
with an average 11. 3 full-time-equivalent (FTE). Last year’s
values were 13. 5 and 11. 6, respectively. Tenure-track size was
about the same as last year ( 6. 2 HC and 6.0 FTE vs. 6. 1 HC and
5. 9 FTE last year). Part-time and adjunct faculty size decreased
from 5. 7 ( 4. 1 FTE) to 5. 4 ( 3. 7 FTE). The differences in units reporting this year is likely the main cause of these observations.
As has been the case in past years, tenure-track faculty comprise a larger fraction of the total faculty in units that do not
have master’s programs, while part-time/adjunct faculty comprise a larger fraction of the total faculty in units that do have
master’s programs. Public universities continue to have a slightly larger fraction of tenure-track faculty and a smaller fraction
of part-time/adjuncts than do private universities.
The overall distribution of tenure-track faculty continues to
be fairly even across ranks. This distribution is similar at public
and private universities, while units that also have master’s programs tend to have a slightly larger percentage of associate professors and somewhat smaller percentage of assistant professors
than do those that do not have master’s programs (Table F2).
The percentage of women among current tenure-track faculty increased slightly, to 26.3% from 25.6% last year (Table F3).
Overall ethnic diversity in tenure-track faculty also improved
slightly this year. The total percentage of tenure-track faculty
who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander, or Multiracial, as a percentage of those tenure-track faculty for whom residency is known, was 6.8% compared to 6.4% last year (Table F4). Figure F1 shows the history
of NDC reporting of faculty gender and ethnicity for each of the
seven NDC surveys.
Both gender and ethnic diversity among the NDC respondents are once again greater than the corresponding diversity
reported for doctoral-granting academic units in the CRA Taulbee Survey. Among 2018-2019 tenure-track faculty, the Taulbee
Survey shows 20.3% women and 5.0% Black, Hispanic, Native
American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or Multiracial.
This year 89 respondents indicated that they had done recruiting for new faculty members during the 2017-2018 aca-