CSU Faculty, Fall 2015

CSU Faculty, Fall 2016

The CSU’s distinguished faculty members continue to play a critical role in equipping future leaders with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the workforce, drive California’s economy and give back to their communities.

The CSU employs approximately 26,000 total faculty members, who account for the majority of CSU employees. Of the 12,700-plus full-time faculty, more than 80 percent are tenured or on the tenure track. In 2016, of full-time faculty employed by the CSU, 4,761 were full professors.

The increasingly diverse composition of CSU faculty reflects its student body and California’s population. Together with comprehensive community partnerships, expanded programs, internships and workforce opportunities, the CSU’s faculty members ensure that graduates are well-prepared for a


Gender and Ethnicity

These tables represent information on the gender and ethnicity of CSU full-time faculty in Fall 2016, as well as five years earlier. In Fall 2016, over 32 percent of full-time CSU faculty were ethnic minorities, and 46 percent were female. In Fall 2011, over 29 percent of full-time faculty were ethnic minorities, and over 44 percent were female.​

Tenure Status

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.

New Faculty

Significantly, of the CSU’s 854 new tenure-track faculty members, 359 are minorities and 465 are female. This is the largest group of new tenure-track faculty to join the CSU in ten years, as well as the most diverse. 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.

Promotions & Tenure

The following tables present data on the number of full-time faculty unit employees who were promoted to a higher academic rank effective Fall 2015 and Fall 2016 and the number of faculty who earned tenure effective Fall 2016. These data includes promotions and awards of tenure to instructional faculty, as well as non-instructional members of the faculty bargaining unit (librarians and counselor faculty).​


The tables below present information on tenured/tenure-track and full-time temporary faculty who separated from CSU employment in 2015-2016 and in the prior year. In 2015-2016, 50 percent of the separations were retirements.​