With some digging on the UMD website, I was able to discover what the various faculty titles were; they are described in the Faculty Handbook. Armed with this list, I asked Kyland Howard, Senior Research & Policy Analyst the at Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment, to tabulate the number of people holding each title. The results are below.
Research Faculty Headcount
|Title||Fall 2008||Spring 2009|
|Assoc Research Engineer||2||2|
|Assoc Research Scholar||3||3|
|Assoc Research Scientist||43||40|
|Asst Research Engineer||1||2|
|Asst Research Scholar||3||3|
|Asst Research Scientist||105||113|
|Faculty Research Assistant||562||572|
|Research Assoc Professor||12||12|
|Research Asst Professor||24||26|
|Research Professor Emeritus||0||2|
|Senior Artist-In Residence||1||1|
|Senior Research Engineer||5||5|
|Senior Research Scholar||12||11|
|Senior Research Scientist||47||45|
The results were a surprise to me. My biased expectation was that the majority of NTRF were like me, Research Scientists. In fact, Research Associates (aka post-docs) and Faculty Research Assistants make up 77% of the total.
Our views of campus life are probably as wide-ranging as our titles. The best way for me to represent those views is to hear them from you.