Institutional Affiliation* of Postsecondary Humanities Faculty, 2004

* Institutions are categorized according to the 2000 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (2004); data accessed and analyzed via NCES’s online Data Analysis System at
See the [noteOnLink linkId='335']Note on the Definition of Faculty and on the Classification of Disciplines[/noteOnLink]. The National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) was last administered in 2004. The NSOPF—the source of the data for Indicators III-10 to III-15, all of which deal with the characteristics of the nation’s humanities professoriate—has been suspended indefinitely by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). The only remaining source of nationally representative data on the postsecondary humanities faculty is the American Academy of Art and Sciences–sponsored Humanities Departmental Survey (HDS). The HDS provides a variety of data on humanities faculty members and their teaching loads (as well as different aspects of the student experience; data from the HDS will be incorporated into the Humanities Indicators in the near future), but it does not supply the sort of information on faculty earnings, racial composition, institutional distribution, or job satisfaction that was available from the NSOPF. The NSOPF data presented here describe both the distribution of humanities faculty among types of postsecondary institutions and the proportion of humanities faculty relative to those of other fields at each type of institution. Data from the NSOPF are available as far back as 1988, but, because the institutional distribution of humanities faculty changed little between then and 2004, only data for the latter year (the most recent available) are provided here. The NSOPF uses the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to categorize postsecondary educational institutions. For a complete description of the classification, see the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning, 2000 Edition: A Technical Report (Menlo Park, CA: Carnegie Publications, 2001),
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