First-Rate Faculty

Excellent academic credentials, unparalleled dedication, and active engagement in their scholarship and disciplines make for energized, accessible, and responsive faculty members.

  • Ninety-two percent of regular faculty members have earned their doctorate or other terminal degree.

  • Outstanding faculty members, never graduate students or teaching assistants, teach every class and inspire learning and self-discovery. An average class size of 26 students and student to faculty ratio of 17:1 ensure a more personal classroom experience.

  • Grand Valley faculty members love to teach and believe that research mentoring is an important method of teaching. Through active, engaged scholarship in student-directed research projects, they inspire students’ passions for learning, self-discovery, and incorporating academics with professional work.

  • During the 2015-2016 academic year, Grand Valley employed 1,749 full- and part-time faculty members, of which 572 were part-time. Part-time faculty members bring invaluable industry experience and real-world learning to the classroom, and provide career connections and opportunities.

  • Grand Valley was ranked second nationally in 2015 for the number of faculty members who are Fulbright Scholars, demonstrating the university’s commitment to global teaching and learning. Faculty members compete nationally for the prestigious honor with each award requiring three levels of peer review.