Is the Great Resignation happening in higher education? New research from Cengage shows majority of college professors are satisfied, but growing responsibilities leave them feeling unsupported, undervalued and burnt out

Professors are rising to the challenge of expanded responsibilities, but more than a quarter are dissatisfied – a number that is likely to rise without more support

BOSTON, September 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — While many higher education faculty are happy with their jobs, they are asking for more support as they struggle to balance the new responsibilities brought by the pandemic and the drastic change in teaching and learning. learning, according to a new survey from edtech provider Cengage. For its Faces of Faculty study, the only recent quantitative research on faculty satisfaction, Cengage surveyed 1,024 faculty members from 581 U.S. colleges and universities (including two- and four-year institutions) to better understand faculty satisfaction. changing role of faculty and how best to support them.

“Nearly all teachers say their role as an educator has changed, including how they spend their time each day as they manage multiple course modalities, respond to new demands for creative content, and keep up with the needs of student communication,” said Erin Joyner, Senior Vice President Product at Cengage. “Their relationship with students – teaching, helping and mentoring them, is the greatest gratifying factor for faculty, yet they are continually pulled away from it due to competing priorities. Our goal with this research is to put highlight these challenges and the resilience of faculty, and also continue to improve our faculty support so that students have a successful learning experience.”

Additional survey results include:

  • The majority (64%) of teachers are happy with their role, but those who are unhappy are considering leaving. While teachers show resilience and adaptability in their roles, 26% are dissatisfied and 70% of those who are dissatisfied have considered a career change in the past 6 months.
    • The main factor of dissatisfaction of dissatisfied professors is “the feeling of being unsupported by their establishmentsor under pressure from the administration” (29%), closely followed by 28% who feel undervalued or underpaid.
  • The workday for professors is very different today – managing multiple course modalities and content requests means more work hours. On average, teachers spend 42% of their time teaching and teaching, 31% preparing for lessons, 14% on administrative tasks, and only 13% of their time communicating with students. Professors have little time to focus on the most important and satisfying part of their job – teaching, helping and mentoring students – which 88% of professors say is one of the most satisfying parts of their job. work. Multiple priorities compete for their time.
    • Seventy-seven percent say managing multiple course modalities (e.g., online, face-to-face, hybrid) has had a significant impact on their role.
    • Nearly 6 in 10 (59%) say the need to produce creative content has had a significant impact on their role.
    • Eighteen percent say they are spending less time teaching (in-person, virtually, or hybrid).
  • Maintaining constant communication with students is a challenge. Sixty-one percent say tracking student communication has had a significant impact on their role.
    • Fifty-two percent of professors spend more time communicating with students about course content.

For more information on the Faces of Faculty research, access the blog here or download the infographic for an overview of the research.

Survey methodology

Featured “Faces of Faculty 2022” research January 2022 survey responses from 1,025 faculty members at 581 institutions of higher education in the United States. .) (11%), teaching in 2-year (31%) and 4-year (68%) institutions.

About Cengage

Cengage, the US higher education business of global education technology company Cengage Group, serves millions of instructors, learners and institutions. We provide affordable, high-quality digital products and personalized support to fuel learning one-on-one and at scale. Our customer-centric approach enables innovation, including Cengage Unlimited, the first and only full-access digital subscription for textbooks and course materials. Our textbooks, homework tools, and flagship online learning platforms, MindTap and WebAssign, help teachers and students achieve their goals. Visit us at or find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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