Keating Advisors Announces Release of 2008 Non-Tenured Instructional Faculty Survey

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Keating Advisors, a strategic human resource consulting firm that serves clients by building and implementing human resource systems, released today a new survey entitled, "2008 Non-Tenured Instructional Faculty Survey."

Keating Advisors, a strategic human resource consulting firm that serves clients by building and implementing human resource systems, released today a new survey entitled, "2008 Non-Tenured Instructional Faculty Survey."

Keating Advisors conducted the survey in April - May 2008 with the support of Curtis Powell, Vice President of Human Resources at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rensselaer commissioned Keating Advisors to assist the university in conducting an independent study with the objective of gathering pay and benefit information from a select group of colleges and universities. Keating Advisors is a Washington D.C.-based strategic human resource consulting firm that specializes in Higher Education.

A summary of the survey findings is below:

Prevalence
11 out of 12 respondents have Adjunct positions.
10 out of 12 respondents have Professor of Practice positions.

Benefits
The majority of schools offer benefits to their adjunct faculty, but they are not the same as tenure-track faculty. 37% (4 out of 11) of respondents do not offer benefits to their adjunct faculty. No respondents offer non-tenure track faculty the same benefits as tenure-track.

There is a wider variation of benefit practices for professor or practice positions than adjunct faculty. 10% of the schools do not offer benefits to the professor of practice positions. 40% offer the same benefits as tenure-track faculty. 40% offer benefits that are different than tenure-track. One respondent with professor of practice positions did not answer this question.

Compensation
The majority of schools do not have formal salary ranges for adjunct positions.
Consistent with adjunct faculty, the majority of schools do not have formal salary ranges.

Levels & Promotions
63% (7 out of 11) respondents have formal titles for levels of adjunct faculty. 37% (4 out of 11) do not. The primary factors that differentiate between levels are industry experience, senior level management experience, innovative teaching, among other criteria.

The vast majority of schools have formal titles for levels of professor of practice faculty. 10% do not. The primary factors that differentiate between levels are industry experience, senior level management experience, innovative teaching, among other criteria.

Terms of Appointments
There is little consistency in terms of appointments for adjunct faculty, ranging from quarterly to up to six years.

Governance
Adjunct faculty do not have the ability to vote on governance matters.
Professor of Practice faculty usually do not have the ability to vote on governance matters.

A detailed report can be purchased for $85. Keating Advisors is also available to provide assistance in developing tools to better attract and retain non-tenure track faculty, including:

  • Labor market analysis;
  • Developing salary ranges; and
  • Implementing classifications or criteria for promotions and salary adjustments.

About Keating Advisors

Keating Advisors is a high impact, strategic human resource consulting firm that serves clients by building and implementing human resource systems. Keating Advisors' areas of expertise are Compensation, Organizational Effectiveness, and Performance Management.

Managing employees is a universal challenge that affects many aspects of an organization: job design, infrastructure, culture, management training, policies and procedures, and performance appraisal. Keating Advisors' solutions consider all of these aspects to ensure that our clients are positioned to achieve the highest level of effectiveness.

http://www.keatingadvisors.com
Contact Information:

Jenn Daniels
Keating Advisors
2101 Yorktown Rd NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20012

Phone: (202) 680-2677
Fax: (202) 291-8056

Email: jdaniels@keatingadvisors.com

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