In 2010-11, Notre Dame's instructional faculty numbered 982 full time and 103 part-time. Other faculty, such as administrative, professional specialists, librarians, and research fellows, numbered 374 full-time and 78 part-time. Ninety percent of the full-time instructional faculty have terminal degrees, 88 percent of them have doctorates. Ninety-seven percent of the full-time instructional faculty are lay persons. (Faculty to student ratio: 1 to 12.)


Notre Dame faculty members have won 46 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1999, more than for any other university in the nation. In recent years, the University also has the most recipients in the nation of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies. Faculty have been elected to membership in such prestigious organizations as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Political Science Association, the American Society of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Law Institute.

Research Funding

Fiscal Year 2011 research awards to Notre Dame topped the $100 million mark for the second consecutive year. The figure of more than $109 million represents an increase of almost $30 million in the last 10 years. Seventy percent of the funding was awarded by the federal government for research, facilities and equipment, and educational and service programs. Awards from industrial sponsors continued to increase from $7 million in 2010 to approximately $10 million in 2011. Research expenditures, both internally and externally funded, have more than tripled in recent years, to $110 million in 2011 from $30 million in 2009.

Faculty in commencement regalia

Twenty-one Notre Dame faculty members, including President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the nation's leading learned academy.