Princeton University is unique in combining the strengths of a major research university with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college. With a student-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, Princeton excels in its commitment to teaching and provides learning opportunities both within and outside of the classroom. Whether through independent study, student-initiated seminars or lectures in emerging fields such as neuroscience, Princeton students have the flexibility to shape dynamic academic programs that prepare them for leadership and lives of service.
In spring 2014, the faculty (including visitors and part-time faculty) totaled 1,175, including 495 professors, 80 associate professors, 180 assistant professors, 17 instructors, 292 lecturers and 111 visitors.
Seventy-one percent of the professorial faculty is tenured. Excluding visitors, approximately 344 members of the faculty are women, and 224 are identified as members of minority groups. There were 198 tenured women on the faculty in spring 2014.
Approximately 49 percent of Princeton’s tenured faculty members were promoted to tenure while at Princeton; the others were hired with tenure from other institutions.
All faculty members at Princeton are expected to teach, as well as engage in research. Faculty members work most closely with undergraduates in the supervision of junior-year independent work and senior theses.
Ten members of the current Princeton faculty (including emeritus) are recipients of the Nobel Prize:
|Philip W. Anderson, Joseph Henry Professor of Physics Emeritus||physics||1977|
|Toni Morrison, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus||literature||1993|
|Joseph H. Taylor, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics Emeritus||physics||1993|
|Eric F. Wieschaus, Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology||physiology/medicine||1995|
|Daniel C. Tsui, Arthur Legrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering Emeritus||physics||1998|
|Daniel Kahneman, Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus and professor of psychology and public affairs emeritus||economics||2002|
|David J. Gross, Thomas D. Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics Emeritus||physics||2004|
|Paul Krugman, Professor of economics and international affairs||economics||2008|
|Christopher Sims, Harold H. Helm ’20 Professor of Economics and Banking||economics||2011|
|Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs||economics||2015|
Also, Princeton faculty and staff members are frequently named MacArthur Fellows and receive other notable awards in their fields.