COU releases Faculty at Work report

August 27, 2014

The Council of Ontario Universities has released the results of its Faculty at Work survey, which it says is the first substantial analysis in Canada of faculty work. The report collects data from 77% of Ontario’s full-time faculty, including 10,867 professors at 17 of Ontario’s 21 publicly assisted universities. The report found that in the last decade Ontario universities have exceeded the national average for externally sponsored research per full-time faculty. Ontario faculty were also found to have the highest H-index research impact score in the country. According to the survey, 87% of faculty produced research outputs in the year measured and 81% participated in service work of some kind. On average, Ontario faculty members devote 40% of their time to research, 40% to teaching, and 20% to service; each professor taught, on average, 178 students. “We hope that these findings mark the beginning of a national conversation about faculty work in Canadian universities,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Chair of COU’s Council of Academic Vice-Presidents. COU News Release | Full Report