By Audrey Williams June

Deans of colleges of arts and sciences—where faculty members who work off the tenure track are most likely to be employed—struggle with many issues related to the use of such faculty, including how many to hire and how to support them on the job, according to a national survey on various aspects of non-tenure-track faculty.

Nearly 160 deans who are members of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences responded to the survey. They said that, in their colleges, no more than 30 percent of the faculty should be working off the tenure track and that no more than 20 percent of those faculty members should be part time. At the same time, they acknowledged that the use of non-tenure-track faculty has increased.


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