Defining teaching by more than mere numbers

Defining teaching by more than mere numbers

University of Texas at Austin instructors generate nearly twice as much revenue through research funding and educational dollars as they cost the state in salary and benefits.

"An Analysis of Faculty Instructional and Grant-based Productivity at The University of Texas at Austin" also finds that about 88 percent of professors in colleges with undergraduate enrollments teach and collaborate with undergraduate students, and that the average tenured and tenure track faculty members earn $129,000 a year from state funds while generating $280,000 for the university.

The report by Liberal Arts Associate Dean Marc Musick emphasizes that faculty impact cannot be fully measured by limited pieces of data from a single point in time. Still, it finds that the state receives a large return on its investment in instructors at the flagship university.

"Teaching is more art than science," said President Bill Powers, "and a successful faculty member at a research university is defined by more than mere numbers. But in what we can measure, it is clear that Texas receives an outstanding return on investment in UT Austin faculty."

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