Faculty Demographic Data

Since 2001, the Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs has published a headcount of faculty by school, by series, by gender, and by ethnicity. This is the Faculty Headcount report (also known as the “Faculty Workforce Report”) which is pulled annually at the end of each October and published on the Faculty and Academic Affairs website in early November.  It provides an overview to answer the basic questions such as “How many faculty work at UCSF?”, “What percentage of Ladder Rank Professors are African American?”, ”How many Health Sciences Clinical faculty does the School of Medicine have?”, or “What is the gender ratio for faculty in the School of Nursing?” This report is used for external reporting, internal planning, and to complete many form questions from outside agencies and grant institutions. 

Contact: Wilson Hardcastle, (415) 476-2016


The Faculty Headcount Report breaks out the UCSF faculty population by school, by series, by gender, and by ethnicity and is pulled annually at the end of each October and published on the Academic Personnel website in early November.

Note to users trending data: Advancements in the campus academic appointment systems have enabled improvement to the methodology for determining the annual faculty headcount.  If you are using this data year-over-year for tending purposes, you may want to note the update to the methodology and how it may affect the count on a granular level. The refined methodology begins with the 2018 workforce report.

Current Report: Faculty Headcount 10/2020

Historical Reports

Faculty Headcount by School, Series, Gender, and Ethnicity

Faculty Headcount 2019
Faculty Headcount 2018
Faculty Headcount 2017
Faculty Headcount 2016
Faculty Headcount 2015
Faculty Headcount 2014
Faculty Headcount 2013
Faculty Headcount 2012
Faculty Headcount 2011
Faculty Headcount 2010
Faculty Headcount 2009
Faculty Headcount 2008
Faculty Headcount 2007
Faculty Headcount 2006


Since 2001, the office under the Vice Provost Academic Affairs has published a headcount of faculty by school, by series, by gender, and by ethnicity.  This is the Faculty Headcount report (previously also referred to as the “Faculty Workforce” report) is used and cited by campus agencies and is the main reference point for a wide variety of campus users. Since this report began in 2001, the description of the faculty body and the method for counting heads has remained consistent, but had not been reexamined to determine if this description or methodology accurately reflect how faculty appointments function now or if it could be improved. Over 2016 and 2017, the evaluation and tabulation methodology underwent an improvement review.

Updates and refinements to the methodology were necessary based on the:

  • Evolution of the faculty population and appointment types
  • Evolution of the information systems governing faculty data

Definition of the Faculty Workforce:

  • Historical definition: “Any person with a faculty appointment receiving pay from UCSF.”
  • Historical method: Derived from payroll data; faculty are identified by payroll title and counted where they are paid.
  • Revised definition: “Appointees in the five faculty series who have a significant professional commitment to the University as defined by percent effort or percent pay via UCSF or a formal affiliation (VAMC, Fresno, BCHO, Gladstone, or HHMI).”
  • Revised method: Derived from Advance; faculty are identified by academic title and counted in their academic home department.

The evolution of faculty appointments and the technology managing faculty appointments drove the revision to the definition and methodology to identify the faculty workforce at UCSF. The revised headcount methodology began with the 2018 Faculty Headcount to ensure that we accurately address the progression of the faculty population and take advantage of advanced information systems to better serve our faculty.


Population Trends

The following charts depict faculty growth using the faculty headcount reports from 2013 to the present.  Please note that the methodology update in 2018 (noted above) may affect trending counts on a granular level.  The following charts are presented in the aggregate.


UCSF Facuty Population by Series 2013 2019


UCSF Facuty Population Growth 2013 2019


UCSF Facuty Population Trend by Ethnicity Bar 2013 2019


UCSF Facuty Population Trend by Ethnicity Line 2013 2019


UCSF Facuty Population Trend by Ethnicity Bar 2013 2019


UCSF Facuty Population Trend by Series Line 2013 2019