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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

  • 212 full-time faculty members in 2017-18.
  • 92% of Carleton faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
  • 28% 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 learned of Carleton in grad school--so many fellow grad students were from this little Minnesota college. I was so impressed with these Carls that I knew it was where I wanted to teach.
    Sam Patterson, Professor of Mathematics
  • 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.

  • Chérif Keïta and Ela Gandhi

    Faculty Highlight: Cherif Keita

    Chérif Keïta’s visit to Freedom Park in South Africa in summer 2017 marked the end of a 17-year journey through the country’s history. Learn more.

  • Tsegaye Nega (center) and colleagues test fuel-efficient rocket stoves

    Faculty Highlight: Tsegaye Nega

    Tsegaye Nega used to watch helplessly as Carleton students struggled to make sense of the needs in Ethiopia during off-campus study trips. Now, he's aiming to give back. Learn more.