Non-Traditional vs. Tenured Full-Time Faculty
The share of full-time faculty who are professors, associate professors or assistant professors has been shrinking over the past 16 years, resulting in a steady increase in the number of instructors, lecturers, and those faculty having no rank. (Chart 4). While the share of assistant professors held steady over the past two years, the share of professors continued to decrease. Since 1990, the use of nontraditional faculty increased 9.4 percent, while those in the rank of professor decreased 5 percent.