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University of Iowa News Release

May 15, 2003

UI Faculty Continue To Teach More Than Peers Elsewhere

The University of Iowa's 2003 Faculty Activity Report shows that UI's tenured and senior faculty members once again spent more time teaching and all together more hours working than did faculty at similar universities across the country. The report is prepared each year for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and is on the docket for the May 22 meeting in Iowa City.

In 2002-2003, the report shows, the average full-time faculty member at Iowa spent 57.3 hours a week working, compared with the latest national average of 55.8 hours for full-time faculty at public research universities. About 47 percent of this time was spent teaching, compared with 45 percent nationally. These figures are comparable to comparisons from previous years.

Other highlights of the annual Faculty Activity Report:

--Tenured and tenure track faculty taught more than 60 percent of student credit hours, with about 23 percent taught by non-tenure track faculty and 17 percent taught by graduate teaching assistants. The comparison does not reflect the number of hours that graduate assistants work in discussion sections and laboratory classes. Included in the category of non-tenure track faculty are a number of visiting and clinical faculty members whose academic qualifications are similar or equivalent to those of tenure-track faculty.

--The number of research applications and awards decreased slightly in 2002-2003, from 1,929 to 1,868, though the amounts of the awards were higher so that the total dollar amount of awards to the UI increased from $277.6 million to $388.8 million

--The UI awarded 5,953 degrees in 2001-2002, the second highest number of degrees in the last seven years. Of these 63.5 percent were Bachelors' degrees, 21.5 percent were Master's degrees, and 15 percent were Professional or Doctoral degrees.

--The report also points to a great deal of information available from other resources about faculty service to Iowa and the nation, available at the UI website and about faculty research available from such sources as the UI publication Illumine and other UI reports available at

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