According to the National Science Foundation InfoBrief, more than 40% of students earning bachelor’s or master’s degrees in science and engineering attended a two-year college. Who is teaching these students? How many are non-tenure-track? How many are holding more than one position?
To answer these and other questions, ACS conducted the Two-Year College Chemistry Faculty Status Survey in Spring 2010. Designed to parallel the ACS Committee on Professional Training’s 2009 Faculty Status Survey, the Two-Year College Chemistry Faculty Status Survey provides a snapshot of the landscape for two-year college chemistry faculty.
Two-year college courses
53% of reported chemistry sections could be applied to a chemistry major.
33% of reported chemistry lecture sections were taught by contingent faculty.
21% of responding institutions had no dedicated chemistry-based program.
Two-year college chemistry faculty
75% of responding institutions reported having permanent chemistry faculty positions.
49% of reported chemistry faculty positions were contingent.
40% of reported chemistry faculty were female.