Number of Physics Faculty Members

Results from the 2010 Survey of Physics Degree-Granting Departments
April 2012
Susan White, Rachel Ivie, & Arnell Ephraim

Number of Physics Faculty Members

The number of physics faculty members continues to grow, reaching 9,400 full-time equivalents during the 2009-10 academic year.  The average number of faculty members per department is at or near decadal highs.  Simultaneously, the percent of full-time equivalent (FTE) physics faculty employed in temporary or non-tenure track positions increased in 2010 to 19% overall; this level was last seen in 2004.  This report also examines bachelor’s degree production as a function of FTE faculty members.  These findings are from the Academic Workforce Survey of 2010.

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