I often receive inquiries about the number and types of faculty at business schools. Faculty members teach, research, advise, and participate in their students’ academic lives on a regular and ongoing basis, so information on faculty can help students choose the school that best fits their needs. One way to look at this data is to consider the disciplines reported for faculty members currently, newly hired, and the expected demand. This snapshot can help us to better situate our discussions about the long-term popularity of different disciplines.
This post allows interested readers to explore faculty numbers using data from AACSB’s Annual Salary Survey. In the survey, 546 AACSB member schools reported basic data on 31,367 full-time faculty members. Each of the tabs in the interactive data presentation below shows different views and cuts of the data.
In the initial view, the numbers of faculty members by rank are displayed as squares. Larger squares mean more faculty members were reported by AACSB member schools in that discipline. Mouse-over a square and the number and categories will be displayed for that data point. The next tab in the presentation is the “All Faculty-Chart” which shows the same data, but this time with the number of positions reported shaded from light gray to green to illustrate the size differences both visually and numerically.
Data on the number of new hires by discipline can also be displayed to indicate which disciplines are on the rise. By looking at new hires in a given year by different variables, we can learn a lot about the faculty job market right now and see which disciplines are most often represented in business schools. To round out the picture, the last three tabs show the number of doctoral-level full-time faculty positions by net planned growth in the next year, existing unfilled positions, and anticipated retirements over the next five years.
If you are unable to see the data presentation below, please click this link to open it outside of the blog.
[Data Source: AACSB International DataDirect, 2010-11 Salary Survey, 546 participating schools]