The CSU’s distinguished faculty members continue to play a critical role in equipping future leaders with the skills and knowledge to be engaged citizens, thrive in the workforce, drive California’s economy and give back to their communities.
The CSU employs approximately 27,000 total faculty members, who account for the majority of CSU employees. Of the 13,000-plus full-time faculty, approximately 78 percent are tenured or on the tenure track. Of full-time faculty employed by the CSU, 4,804 were full professors.
The composition of the CSU faculty is increasingly diverse. Compared to 2012, the percentage of tenure-track faculty from minority groups has increased 12.6 percent, and the percentage of female faculty has increased by 7.6 percent.
These tables represent information on the gender and ethnicity of CSU full-time faculty in Fall 2017, as well as five years earlier. In Fall 2017, over 33 percent of full-time CSU faculty were ethnic minorities, and approximately 46 percent were female. In Fall 2012, over 29 percent of full-time faculty were ethnic minorities, and approximately 44 percent were female.
These tables provide information on the rank and tenure status of full-time faculty. Eighty-nine percent of tenure-track faculty hold doctorates. While the overall diversity of the faculty has increased over the past five years, the number of African-American faculty has declined.
Continued high levels of faculty recruitment supported a fourth consecutive year of growth in total numbers of tenure-track faculty. Of the CSU’s 719 new tenure-track faculty members, 40 percent are minorities, and 54 percent are female, compared to 32 percent minorities and 52 percent females hired to tenure-track positions in Fall 2012. Most of this year’s new faculty members fill assistant professor positions, but faculty were hired in all academic ranks.
More information on new faculty hired by the CSU is available in an annual report on the Faculty Recruitment Survey. This report contains detailed information on faculty recruitment, faculty demographics and salaries offered to new faculty.
The following tables present data on the number of faculty unit employees who were promoted to a higher academic rank effective Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 and the number of faculty who earned tenure effective Fall 2017. These data include promotions and awards of tenure to instructional faculty, as well as non-instructional members of the faculty bargaining unit eligible for tenure (counselors and librarians).
The tables below present information on tenured/tenure track and full-time temporary faculty who separated from CSU employment in 2016-2017 and in the prior year. In 2016-2017, 54 percent of the separations were retirements.