James Madison University
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Research Notes

Volume 11, Number 1
March, 1996

 

FALL 1995 FACULTY ACTIVITY SURVEY

The Office of Institutional Research at James Madison University conducts every other year a survey of faculty activity. While minor changes have been made to the survey forms from year to year, essentially the same information has been collected since 1972. Information from these surveys has been used for a variety of purposes, including accreditation studies, the NACUBO Benchmarking Project, support of grant applications, and the clarification of the public's understanding of faculty workload and responsibilities.

Full-time faculty and all other individuals who taught a course for credit completed the Fall 1995 survey. The Office of Institutional Research identified a total of 523 full-time faculty as being eligible for inclusion in the survey. Of these, 493 returned usable survey forms for a response rate of 94 percent, down from 98 percent in 1991 and 1993.

Full-time faculty reported an average of 53.7 weekly hours of activity, slightly up from 53.5 in 1993. In Fall 1985 the average was 52.4 hours. Departmental means ranged from a low of 46.1 to a high of 59.6 weekly hours. The average number of weekly hours devoted to direct contact with students in class meetings was 10.6 (11.4 in 1985) and the average number of hours spent in preparing for class was 18.1 (15.3 in 1985). This equates to about 1.7 hours of preparation for each hour spent in the classroom. Overall, instructional activities consumed 33.3 hours per week (31.3 in 1985), or 62.1 percent (59.8 in 1985), an increase from 62.0 percent in 1993.

The proportion of time being devoted to research, professional development, and scholarly activities by full-time faculty was up slightly from 18.4 percent in 1993 to 18.7 percent in the Fall 1995 survey. The 18.7 percent reported this year, however, was down from 19.9 percent in 1987, which was the highest proportion reported thus far. In Fall 1985 the percentage devoted to research, professional development, and scholarly activities was 17.9. Professional development of faculty is part of the University's planning priorities. For the first time we asked faculty to report the average number of hours spent in professional development. The average full-time faculty member spent 1.9 hours (3.5 percent of total time) per week in professional development. The average ranged from 3.8 hours to 0.8 hours. The percent of hours devoted to Research, Professional Development, and Scholarly Activity has been consistent for more than ten years; however, it has moved up from 5.6 percent of reported time in 1972.

An additional 231 individuals with faculty responsibilities returned usable survey forms. Of these, 138 (down from 158 in 1993) were part-time faculty who averaged 6.8 weekly hours of direct contact with students in class meetings. The 23 administrators who responded to the survey spent 24.0 (down from 30.4 in 1993) percent of their time in instructional activities. The distribution of effort in average hours per week and the percentage distribution of effort for full-time faculty and for other personnel are indicated in the tables which follow this narrative.

Questions regarding this and previous faculty activity surveys should be referred to the James Madison University Office of Institutional Research. This report can also be viewed on the Campus Wide Information System through the OIR Home Page at the following address: http://www.jmu.edu/instresrch/home.htm.

TABLE 1
DISTRIBUTION OF EFFORT BY COLLEGE AND DEPARTMENT
IN AVERAGE HOURS PER WEEK, FALL 1995

                                                     Research/
                           Class  Class Other  Total   Prof.Dev./ Public  Academic Student Instit. Grand 
                        No. Contact Prep. Instr. Instr. Scholarly Service  Support   Support Support  Total       
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS 
  ART & ART HISTORY      16   26.3  25.4   6.7  (58.4)   27.0       2.8      6.4     0.9     4.6    100.0
  ENGLISH                36   19.4  40.8   8.4  (68.6)   20.5       1.7      3.3     1.3     4.6    100.0
  FOREIGN LANGUAGE       12   21.0  34.1   5.3  (60.4)   25.4       2.7      4.9     2.4     4.1    100.0
  HISTORY                21   17.6  39.8   6.7  (64.1)   23.3       2.3      5.7     1.1     3.5    100.0
  MEDIA ARTS & DESIGN    15   20.6  29.0   8.5  (58.1)   17.3       1.4     12.1     4.6     6.5    100.0
  MUSIC                  26   34.1  21.5   6.2  (61.7)   19.7       3.6     10.5     1.9     2.5    100.0
  PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION  10   17.9  46.0   4.5  (68.4)   19.2       1.1      7.5     0.6     3.2    100.0
  POLITICAL SCIENCE      16   18.7  35.4   5.4  (59.5)   26.9       0.8      9.2     0.9     2.7    100.0
  SOCIOLOGY & ANTHRO     14   16.9  39.4   6.0  (62.3)   20.9       1.8     11.7     1.2     2.0    100.0
  SPEECH COMMUNICATION   15   19.0  30.7   6.3  (56.0)   12.4       3.4      6.5    18.0     3.7    100.0
  THEATRE & DANCE        11   18.1  27.6  12.7  (58.4)   23.8       1.8     10.4     2.4     3.2    100.0
    COLLEGE MEAN        192   21.4  33.7   7.1  (62.2)   21.4       2.2      7.5     3.0     3.7    100.0

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
  ACCOUNTANCY            16   18.7  33.3   4.8  (56.8)   21.0       1.4      9.0     2.6     9.2    100.0
  ECONOMICS              15   18.0  31.6   6.9  (56.5)   24.6       1.1      6.8     1.0    10.0    100.0
  FINANCE & BUSINESS     10   17.3  28.7  10.0  (56.1)   24.4       5.9      4.5     2.8     6.4    100.0
  INFO & DEC SCIENCES    16   16.1  34.4   6.9  (57.5)   27.4       1.6      6.3     2.0     5.2    100.0
  MANAGEMENT             13   15.1  31.1   6.5  (52.7)   26.8       4.8      7.0     2.5     6.2    100.0
  MARKETING              13   16.7  31.8   9.0  (57.5)   16.6       4.3      9.7     4.2     7.8    100.0
    COLLEGE MEAN         83   17.0  32.0   7.2  (56.2)   23.6       3.0      7.3     2.5     7.5    100.0

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & PSYCHOLOGY
  EDUCATION              35   18.5  32.9  14.0  (65.4)   13.4       5.0      9.6     0.9     5.3    100.0
  KINESIOLOGY            11   23.3  38.9   7.7  (69.9)   13.1       2.3      8.8     1.1     4.9    100.0
  PSYCHOLOGY             31   17.1  31.8  13.4  (62.3)   14.5       3.1     12.5     1.9     5.7    100.0
    COLLEGE MEAN         77   18.6  33.3  12.9  (64.8)   14.0       3.8     10.7     1.3     5.4    100.0

COLLEGE OF INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 
  COMMUNICATION SCIENCE  10   15.9  27.8  19.0  (62.8)   15.7       4.8     11.5     1.0     4.2    100.0
  COMPUTER SCIENCE        6   19.8  33.6  11.7  (65.1)   16.7       0.9      9.0     1.5     6.8    100.0
  GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION  5   15.6  45.0   6.1  (66.8)   12.6       6.9      6.9     1.5     5.3    100.0
  HEALTH SCIENCE         17   19.3  36.7  11.2  (67.2)   13.7       4.5      7.1     1.4     6.1    100.0
  ISAT                   23   13.8  41.0   6.9  (61.7)   12.0       2.8     18.9     0.6     3.9    100.0
  NURSING                 9   33.1  28.5   4.0  (65.6)   10.3       4.0     11.4     0.8     7.8    100.0
  SOCIAL WORK             5   17.7  35.8  14.3  (67.9)    9.8       4.2     11.3     2.3     4.5    100.0
    COLLEGE MEAN         75   18.5  36.2   9.8  (64.6)   12.9       3.8     12.3     1.1     5.3    100.0

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS 
  BIOLOGY                20   19.7  26.3  12.9  (58.9)   18.1       1.8      8.8     1.1    11.4    100.0
  CHEMISTRY              11   19.8  32.9   8.8  (61.5)   17.3       4.7      8.8     0.7     6.9    100.0
  GEOLOGY                 7   26.6  37.8   8.4  (72.8)   13.9       2.5      5.3     0.6     5.0    100.0
  MATH                   20   22.6  39.7   5.3  (67.7)   14.3       1.8     10.8     1.2     4.2    100.0
  PHYSICS                 8   21.3  31.3   5.1  (57.7)   19.6       1.9     14.3     0.6     5.8    100.0
    COLLEGE MEAN         66   21.5  33.2   8.5  (63.2)   16.6       2.4      9.7     0.9     7.1    100.0


UNIVERSITY MEAN         493   19.8  33.7   8.6  (62.1)   18.7       2.8      9.0     2.1     5.3    100.0

 

TABLE 2
PERCENTAGE DISTRIBUTION OF EFFORT
BY COLLEGE AND DEPARTMENT, FALL 1995

                                                        Research/
                                     Class  Class Other  Total Prof.Dev./ Public  Academic Student Instit.  Grand 
                                No. Contact Prep. Instr. Instr. Scholarly Service  Support Support Support  Total

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS 
  ART & ART HISTORY      16   26.3  25.4   6.7  (58.4)   27.0       2.8      6.4     0.9     4.6    100.0
  ENGLISH                36   19.4  40.8   8.4  (68.6)   20.5       1.7      3.3     1.3     4.6    100.0
  FOREIGN LANGUAGE       12   21.0  34.1   5.3  (60.4)   25.4       2.7      4.9     2.4     4.1    100.0
  HISTORY                21   17.6  39.8   6.7  (64.1)   23.3       2.3      5.7     1.1     3.5    100.0 
  MEDIA ARTS & DESIGN    15   20.6  29.0   8.5  (58.1)   17.3       1.4     12.1     4.6     6.5    100.0
  MUSIC                  26   34.1  21.5   6.2  (61.7)   19.7       3.6     10.5     1.9     2.5    100.0
  PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION  10   17.9  46.0   4.5  (68.4)   19.2       1.1      7.5     0.6     3.2    100.0
  POLITICAL SCIENCE      16   18.7  35.4   5.4  (59.5)   26.9       0.8      9.2     0.9     2.7    100.0
  SOCIOLOGY & ANTHRO     14   16.9  39.4   6.0  (62.3)   20.9       1.8     11.7     1.2     2.0    100.0
  SPEECH COMMUNICATION   15   19.0  30.7   6.3  (56.0)   12.4       3.4      6.5    18.0     3.7    100.0
  THEATRE & DANCE        11   18.1  27.6  12.7  (58.4)   23.8       1.8     10.4     2.4     3.2    100.0 
    COLLEGE MEAN        192   21.4  33.7   7.1  (62.2)   21.4       2.2      7.5     3.0     3.7    100.0

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
  ACCOUNTANCY            16   18.7  33.3   4.8  (56.8)   21.0       1.4      9.0     2.6     9.2    100.0
  ECONOMICS              15   18.0  31.6   6.9  (56.5)   24.6       1.1      6.8     1.0    10.0    100.0
  FINANCE & BUSINESS     10   17.3  28.7  10.0  (56.1)   24.4       5.9      4.5     2.8     6.4    100.0
  INFO & DEC SCIENCES    16   16.1  34.4   6.9  (57.5)   27.4       1.6      6.3     2.0     5.2    100.0
  MANAGEMENT             13   15.1  31.1   6.5  (52.7)   26.8       4.8      7.0     2.5     6.2    100.0
  MARKETING              13   16.7  31.8   9.0  (57.5)   16.6       4.3      9.7     4.2     7.8    100.0
    COLLEGE MEAN         83   17.0  32.0   7.2  (56.2)   23.6       3.0      7.3     2.5     7.5    100.0

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & PSYCHOLOGY
  EDUCATION              35   18.5  32.9  14.0  (65.4)   13.4       5.0      9.6     0.9     5.3    100.0
  KINESIOLOGY            11   23.3  38.9   7.7  (69.9)   13.1       2.3      8.8     1.1     4.9    100.0
  PSYCHOLOGY             31   17.1  31.8  13.4  (62.3)   14.5       3.1     12.5     1.9     5.7    100.0
    COLLEGE MEAN         77   18.6  33.3  12.9  (64.8)   14.0       3.8     10.7     1.3     5.4    100.0

COLLEGE OF INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 
  COMMUNICATION SCIENCE  10   15.9  27.8  19.0  (62.8)   15.7       4.8     11.5     1.0     4.2    100.0
  COMPUTER SCIENCE        6   19.8  33.6  11.7  (65.1)   16.7       0.9      9.0     1.5     6.8    100.0
  GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION  5   15.6  45.0   6.1  (66.8)   12.6       6.9      6.9     1.5     5.3    100.0
  HEALTH SCIENCE         17   19.3  36.7  11.2  (67.2)   13.7       4.5      7.1     1.4     6.1    100.0
  ISAT                   23   13.8  41.0   6.9  (61.7)   12.0       2.8     18.9     0.6     3.9    100.0
  NURSING                 9   33.1  28.5   4.0  (65.6)   10.3       4.0     11.4     0.8     7.8    100.0
  SOCIAL WORK             5   17.7  35.8  14.3  (67.9)    9.8       4.2     11.3     2.3     4.5    100.0
    COLLEGE MEAN         75   18.5  36.2   9.8  (64.6)   12.9       3.8     12.3     1.1     5.3    100.0

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS 
  BIOLOGY                20   19.7  26.3  12.9  (58.9)   18.1       1.8      8.8     1.1    11.4    100.0
  CHEMISTRY              11   19.8  32.9   8.8  (61.5)   17.3       4.7      8.8     0.7     6.9    100.0
  GEOLOGY                 7   26.6  37.8   8.4  (72.8)   13.9       2.5      5.3     0.6     5.0    100.0
  MATH                   20   22.6  39.7   5.3  (67.7)   14.3       1.8     10.8     1.2     4.2    100.0
  PHYSICS                 8   21.3  31.3   5.1  (57.7)   19.6       1.9     14.3     0.6     5.8    100.0
    COLLEGE MEAN         66   21.5  33.2   8.5  (63.2)   16.6       2.4      9.7     0.9     7.1    100.0


UNIVERSITY MEAN         493   19.8  33.7   8.6  (62.1)   18.7       2.8      9.0     2.1     5.3    100.0

 

TABLE 3
DISTRIBUTION OF EFFORT IN AVERAGE HOURS PER WEEK:
OTHER PERSONNEL WITH INSTRUCTIONA
L RESPONSIBILITIES, FALL 1995

                                                         Research/
                            Class  Class  Other  Total  Prof.Dev./ Public  Academic Student Instit. Grand
                       No. Contact Prep.  Instr. Instr. Scholarly  Service Support  Support Support Total
ADMINISTRATOR          23    3.0    5.2    3.8   (12.0)    4.1       2.9     6.3      0.6     24.1   50.0
ATHLETIC STAFF          6    3.8    2.2    0.0   ( 6.0)    2.5       0.2     0.2     55.2      1.0   65.0
CLASSIFIED STAFF        7    3.9    6.0    9.7   (19.6)    3.0       0.4     8.3      1.0      0.7   33.4
GRAD TEACHING ASST     33    6.7   12.3    1.7   (20.7)    2.5       0.2     0.1      0.4      0.4   24.4
LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR  17    1.4    1.9    9.5   (12.8)    2.9       0.5    27.3      0.0      1.9   45.4
MILITARY SCIENCE STAFF  7    6.6    5.6    3.4   (15.6)    4.3       0.4     3.6      3.4      0.9   28.1
PART-TIME             138    6.7   11.2    1.4   (19.4)    3.4       0.8     0.2      0.4      0.5   24.8 

 

TABLE 4
PERCENTAGE DISTRIBUTION OF EFFORT:
OTHER PERSONNEL WITH INSTRUCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES,
FALL 1995

                                                       Research/
                            Class  Class Other  Total  Prof.Dev./ Public  Academic Student Instit. Grand
                       No. Contact Prep. Instr. Instr. Scholarly  Service Support  Support Support Total 
ADMINISTRATOR          23    5.9   10.5   7.7   (24.0)    8.2      5.7     12.6      1.1    48.3   100.0
ATHLETIC STAFF          6    5.9    3.3   0.0   ( 9.2)    3.8      0.3      0.3     84.9     1.5   100.0
CLASSIFIED STAFF        7   11.7   18.2  29.4   (59.3)    9.1      1.3     25.1      3.0     2.2   100.0
GRAD TEACHING ASST     33   27.4   50.4   7.1   (84.9)   10.3      0.9      0.4      1.8     1.7   100.0
LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR  17    3.0    4.1  21.0   (28.2)    6.3      1.2     60.1      0.0     4.2   100.0
MILITARY SCIENCE STAFF  7   23.4   19.8  12.2   (55.3)   15.2      1.5     12.7     12.2     3.0   100.0
PART-TIME             138   27.2   45.3   5.8   (78.3)   13.9      3.2      1.0      1.8     1.8   100.0

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