Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A time allocation study of university faculty

An article in the current issue of Economics of Education Review examines the time allocation of university faculty. Albert N. Linka, Christopher A. Swanna and Barry Bozemanb report the following in their abstract:

...This paper investigates the at-work allocation of time among teaching, research, grant writing and service by science and engineering faculty at top US research universities. We focus on the relationship between tenure (and promotion) and time allocation, and we find that tenure and promotion do affect the allocation of time. The specific trade-offs are related to particular career paths. For example, full professors spend increasing time on service at the expense of teaching and research while longer-term associate professors who have not been promoted to full professor spend significantly more time teaching at the expense of research time. Finally, our results suggest that women, on average, allocate more hours to university service and less time to research than do men.

2 comments:

Martin Ryan said...

The Economic Logic blog has a discussion on this article; worth checking out:

http://economiclogic.blogspot.com/2008/10/what-faculty-spend-their-time-on.html

Martin Ryan said...

faculty-spend-their-time-on.html