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Tennessee Schools

In the state of Tennessee, academia is a thriving field. Below are statistics, charts and analysis on trends in the academic community in Tennessee.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Tennessee By Profession

1,372 1,347 1,428 1,461
429 493 532 573
2,948 3,003 3,093 3,050
3,102 3,154 3,192 3,193
3,020 2,998 3,059 3,115
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

In 2009 there were 11,392 higher education faculty at the 177 colleges and universities in Tennessee, where in 2006 there were 10,871.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 5%.

Average faculty salaries in Tennessee

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in Tennessee is $47,916 per year. This is less than faculty salaries in the rest of the country, which average $57,293 per year. And generally, in Tennessee, male faculty earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Tennessee

No data at this time.

Of the 9,553 college faculty in Tennessee, 49% are tenured. Another 23% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Tennessee by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Tennessee Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 1.31% 2.55% 2.8%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Tennessee
  • Light Blue: National

In Tennessee the number of full-time faculty in the state has grown by 3%. Similarly from 2006 to 2009, the number of part-time faculty has also increased by 8%. This shows that in academia in Tennessee, working full-time is becoming less popular.

National Vs. Tennessee Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 6.03% 4.13% 7.56%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Tennessee
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Tennessee

No data at this time.

And of those who were working on a part-time basis in 2009, 12% identified themselves as belonging to an ethnic or racial minority. While 16% of those who were working on a full-time basis identified themselves as being from an ethnically diverse background.

Part time faculty minorities in Tennessee

No data at this time.

National Vs. Tennessee Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 1.54% 0.77% 6.53%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Tennessee
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, Tennessee's minority faculty has seen a 6% increase. National statistics are consistent with this. Nationally, 788,996 higher education faculty were working in 2006. Of these, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background. And in 2009, 855,625 faculty were working around the nation. 151,691 of these were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Tennessee by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Tennessee by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Tennessee Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 2% 0.36% 1.67%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Tennessee
  • Light Blue: National

Just as the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in Tennessee, the percentage of women has also increased. And the number of women faculty at colleges and universities around the nation has also increased. Between 2006 and 2009, there has been a 9% change.

National Vs. Tennessee Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 4.81% 6.66% 8.53%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Tennessee
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Tennessee Faculty employment by Gender

National Tennessee
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 43%
Women 57%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Tennessee


Consistent with the growth in the number of collegiate-level faculty in Tennessee, the number of students studying in institutions of higher learning has also increased in the state.

Currently Tennessee has 45,880 graduate students and 299,699 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Tennessee

10018 10848 10002 10052 10486
23730 24007 25187 26063 25926
892 999 1527 2092 2600
8773 8612 8822 9678 10186
12322 12652 12383 13491 16793
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Tennessee


In 2009, 18,072 students graduated from colleges and universities in Tennessee. Of these students, 39% graduated from bachelors degree programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Tennessee


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Tennessee.

Retention rates in Tennessee

Returning Students 63%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Tennessee, for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs, 63 students return to school the following year and 48 students eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Tennessee

Graduation Students 48%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Tennessee Students By Gender

National Tennessee
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 41%
Women 59%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Similar to the faculty population in Tennessee, the student population is not very diverse. Of the 345,579 students studying in Tennessee's institutions of higher learning, 59% are female, and 24% are from an ethnic or racial minority. These numbers are consistent with national statistics, which show that 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from minority backgrounds.

National Vs. Tennessee Students Minorities

National Tennessee
Minorities 29%
Minorities 24%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Tennessee

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  1. Tennessee Business Schools104,294 Employed
  2. Tennessee Teaching Schools82,472 Employed
  3. Tennessee Engineering Schools63,411 Employed
  4. Tennessee Management Schools34,884 Employed
  5. Tennessee Business Administration Schools34,564 Employed
  6. Tennessee Nursing Schools34,170 Employed
  7. Tennessee Biology Schools33,975 Employed
  8. Tennessee Music Schools33,453 Employed
  9. Tennessee Liberal Arts Schools32,512 Employed
  10. Tennessee Educational Leadership Schools30,394 Employed
  11. Tennessee Psychology Schools29,175 Employed
  12. Tennessee Art Schools27,443 Employed
  13. Tennessee Information Systems Schools22,259 Employed
  14. Tennessee Law Schools21,286 Employed
  15. Tennessee Finance Schools18,620 Employed
  16. Tennessee English Schools18,178 Employed
  17. Tennessee Theology Schools17,774 Employed
  18. Tennessee MBA Schools17,641 Employed
  19. Tennessee History Schools17,419 Employed
  20. Tennessee Accounting Schools16,055 Employed
  21. Tennessee Communications Schools15,690 Employed
  22. Tennessee Chemistry Schools15,280 Employed
  23. Tennessee Math Schools15,230 Employed
  24. Tennessee Design Schools14,660 Employed
  25. Tennessee Early Childhood Education Schools13,874 Employed
  26. Tennessee Counseling Schools13,763 Employed
  27. Tennessee Physics Schools13,738 Employed
  28. Tennessee Special Education Schools13,522 Employed
  29. Tennessee BSN Schools13,417 Employed
  30. Tennessee Forensic Nursing Schools13,417 Employed
  31. Tennessee RN to BSN Schools13,417 Employed
  32. Tennessee Speech Therapy Schools12,970 Employed
  33. Tennessee Social Work Schools12,045 Employed
  34. Tennessee Political Science Schools11,730 Employed
  35. Tennessee Information Technology Schools11,169 Employed
  36. Tennessee Public Health Schools11,100 Employed
  37. Tennessee Criminal Justice Schools10,808 Employed
  38. Tennessee Sociology Schools10,594 Employed
  39. Tennessee Human Services Schools10,291 Employed
  40. Tennessee Marketing Schools10,064 Employed
  41. Tennessee Health Science Schools9,994 Employed
  42. Tennessee Computer Science Schools9,571 Employed
  43. Tennessee Architecture Schools9,164 Employed
  44. Tennessee Healthcare Administration Schools8,631 Employed
  45. Tennessee Public Administration Schools8,167 Employed
  46. Tennessee Mechanical Engineering Schools7,902 Employed
  47. Tennessee Biochemistry Schools7,858 Employed
  48. Tennessee Computer Engineering Schools7,842 Employed
  49. Tennessee Business Management Schools7,350 Employed
  50. Tennessee Nutrition Schools7,201 Employed
  51. Tennessee Civil Engineering Schools6,778 Employed
  52. Tennessee Elementary Education Schools6,392 Employed
  53. Tennessee Visual Communications Schools6,073 Employed
  54. Tennessee Journalism Schools5,942 Employed
  55. Tennessee Public Relations Schools5,759 Employed
  56. Tennessee Biomedical Engineering Schools5,681 Employed
  57. Tennessee Human Resources Schools5,635 Employed
  58. Tennessee Advertising Schools5,630 Employed
  59. Tennessee International Business Schools5,371 Employed
  60. Tennessee School Psychology Schools5,220 Employed
  61. Tennessee Sports Management Schools5,173 Employed
  62. Tennessee Electrical Engineering Schools5,171 Employed
  63. Tennessee Interior Design Schools4,880 Employed
  64. Tennessee Organizational Psychology Schools4,663 Employed
  65. Tennessee Veterinary Schools4,656 Employed
  66. Tennessee Physical Therapy Schools4,521 Employed
  67. Tennessee Hotel Management Schools3,998 Employed
  68. Tennessee Healthcare Management Schools3,982 Employed
  69. Tennessee Dental Hygienist Schools3,885 Employed
  70. Tennessee Supply Chain Management Schools3,797 Employed
  71. Tennessee Occupational Therapy Schools3,752 Employed
  72. Tennessee Ministry Schools3,490 Employed
  73. Tennessee Creative Writing Schools3,310 Employed
  74. Tennessee Sports Medicine Schools3,267 Employed
  75. Tennessee Paralegal Schools3,198 Employed
  76. Tennessee Property Management Schools3,122 Employed
  77. Tennessee Fashion Design Schools3,047 Employed
  78. Tennessee Web Design Schools3,042 Employed
  79. Tennessee Film Schools2,872 Employed
  80. Tennessee Small Business Schools2,832 Employed
  81. Tennessee Respiratory Therapy Schools2,783 Employed
  82. Tennessee Computer Networking Schools2,655 Employed
  83. Tennessee Video Production Schools2,639 Employed
  84. Tennessee Homeland Security Schools2,502 Employed
  85. Tennessee Health Information Schools2,498 Employed
  86. Tennessee Radiology Technology Schools2,489 Employed
  87. Tennessee Physical Therapy Assistant Schools2,446 Employed
  88. Tennessee Drafting Schools2,326 Employed
  89. Tennessee Construction Management Schools2,210 Employed
  90. Tennessee Health Information Management Schools2,187 Employed
  91. Tennessee Gerontology Schools2,144 Employed
  92. Tennessee Hospitality Schools2,141 Employed
  93. Tennessee Forestry Schools1,761 Employed
  94. Tennessee Music Production Schools1,747 Employed
  95. Tennessee Computer Programming Schools1,459 Employed
  96. Tennessee Fire Science Schools1,441 Employed
  97. Tennessee Christian Counseling Schools1,030 Employed
  98. Tennessee Culinary Schools988 Employed
  99. Tennessee Animation Schools961 Employed
  100. Tennessee Computer Animation Schools961 Employed
  101. Tennessee Video Game Design Schools961 Employed
  102. Tennessee Clinical Psychology Schools961 Employed
  103. Tennessee Sonography Schools960 Employed
  104. Tennessee Ultrasound Technology Schools960 Employed
  105. Tennessee Surgical Technology Schools950 Employed
  106. Tennessee Forensic Science Schools850 Employed
  107. Tennessee Web Development Schools694 Employed
  108. Tennessee Graphic Design Schools635 Employed
  109. Tennessee Medical Coding Schools592 Employed
  110. Tennessee Restaurant Management Schools566 Employed
  111. Tennessee Court Reporter Schools524 Employed
  112. Tennessee Physician Assistant Schools362 Employed
  113. Tennessee Fashion Schools352 Employed
  114. Tennessee Fashion Marketing Schools352 Employed
  115. Tennessee Fashion Merchandising Schools321 Employed
  116. Tennessee Mental Health Schools278 Employed
  117. Tennessee Medical Billing Schools234 Employed
  118. Tennessee Sports Psychology Schools146 Employed
  119. Tennessee X Ray Technician Schools144 Employed
  120. Tennessee Emergency Management Schools75 Employed
  121. Tennessee Project Management Schools18 Employed

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