What Constitutes a Critical Mass? An Investigation of Faculty Staffing Patterns in Educational Leadership Programs

Donald Hackmann, Martha M. McCarthy

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Abstract

This study examined faculty staffing patterns in 217 university-based leadership preparation programs, using data collected from an online questionnaire. Units rely on full-time educational leadership faculty, faculty from outside their units, and adjuncts to comprise their instructional core. Findings disclose that research institutions have smaller student–faculty ratios than other institution types, and units with enrollments exceeding 500 students employ significantly more adjuncts than institutions with smaller enrollments. Units are hiring more adjuncts and full-time clinical faculty, while employing fewer tenure-line faculty than reported in previous studies of the professoriate. In addition, full-time faculty numbers are not increasing proportionately with enrollment increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-27
JournalJournal of Research on Leadership Education
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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