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Accounting & Finance Faculty Top B-School Ranks

When it comes to business school faculty, the quants have it all over the poets, according to a new study by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the main accrediting organization of business schools.

The six disciplines with the highest percentages across all faculty ranks are: accounting (16%), finance (14%), marketing (13%), management (10%), econ/managerial economics (9%), and CIS/MIS (8%). Overall, nearly 70% of all full-time faculty reported were in one of these six disciplines. The remaining 23 disciplines (including ‘other’) account for the final 30%. This does not mean that there is more or less value in any specific discipline, but it does help illustrate that other specializations may be harder for students to find at the schools they attend. At each faculty rank, there are 10 to 12 disciplines with less than 1% of total faculty at that level.

AACSB International released the data from its 2011–2012 Global Salary Survey. It was collected from 598 participating schools worldwide for 34,561 full-time faculty members, according to the AACSB.

The following table shows the percentage of full-time faculty reported in each of the fields/disciplines collected by AACSB International. Faculty of accounting and finance are the most commonly reported at all faculty ranks, with the largest being 21.3% of all full-time instructors reported as within the accounting field.