All great colleges have notable faculty. Carleton professors rise to the top because they focus first on teaching students. As respected scholars, scientists, artists, and researchers they’re at the forefront of their fields, but it is in the classroom that they truly shine. They value questioning and curiosity, collaboration and teamwork, experimentation and reflection—creating a vital, distinctive learning community for students and teachers alike.
- 220 full-time faculty members in 2011-12.
- 96% of Carleton faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
- 22% identify themselves ethnic minorities or of two or more races.
- 1:9 faculty to student ratio.
- 100% of Carleton classes are taught by faculty members.
Carleton faculty engage in a dynamic range of research and scholarship, individually and in collaboration with other faculty or students. Their scholarship is supported by internal and external grants, as well as ongoing academic initiatives.
“Professors here are, quite literally, the best in the world. They are genuinely supportive and caring, and brilliant academics, consistently humorous, and, most importantly, great at teaching.” —Jonathan Hillis '13
Faculty Highlight: Cherif Keita
Professor Cherif Keita's documentary film, "Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa" unearthed a little-known connection between the South African resistance movement and Carleton's own hometown of Northfield, Minnesota. Learn more.
Faculty Highlight: Kathryn Steed
Using a 3-D modeling program, Professor Kathryn Steed and classical languages major Caitlin Staab created a virtual Roman Forum to aid students’ understanding of this historical setting. Learn more.
Faculty Highlight: Stephan Zweifel
Whether he’s in the genetics lab or on the tennis court, Stephan Zweifel often uses humor to get his point across. The Voice alumni magazine caught up with the ever-quotable Zweifel for his take on combining the roles of professor and coach. Read more.