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Our Faculty

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.

faculty at commencement

Faculty Facts

  • 210 full-time faculty members in 2018-19.
  • 92% of Carleton faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
  • 27% identify themselves ethnic minorities or of two or more races.
  • 1:9 faculty to student ratio.

Faculty Scholarship

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.

Recent Carleton faculty scholarship & academic achievements.

  • I’m the kind of student who wants a little more attention from professors. I value that relationship. It’s why I feel comfortable in class. I know I can go to see them during office hours. They’ll know my name, tell me how I’m doing. I can also ask as many questions as I want. That relationship exists here.
    Kifaya Taha ’17
  • Arjendu Pattanayak

    Faculty Highlight: Arjendu Pattanayak

    Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy is “the great science problem of the 21st century,” says physics professor Arjendu Pattanayak. “Climate change affects our lives deeply and is interdisciplinary. To understand it, you have to understand physics, chemistry, economics, politics, sociology, and culture. It’s a wicked problem.” Learn more.


  • Andy Flory

    Faculty Highlight: Andy Flory

    Music professor Andy Flory is often told he has one of the best jobs in academia. Teaching classes on Bob Dylan and the Beatles tends to place one in pretty cool company. Learn more.

  • Mari Ortiz ’13 with professor Adriana Estill

    Faculty Highlight: Adriana Estill

    Professor Adriana Estill collaborated with American Studies major Mari Ortiz on a summer research project examining he connections between Latina beauty and cultural identity, one of nine student research assistantships funded by the Carleton Humanities Center. Learn more.