St. Thomas has more than 440 full-time faculty who teach 75 percent of all credits. In a typical semester, the full-time faculty are supplemented by about 450 adjunct faculty from businesses, nonprofit corporations and other organizations. St. Thomas leadership considers its current faculty to be the strongest, most-qualified faculty in the history of the institution.
Faculty members are recruited nationally and have doctorates from 120 institutions in 40 states and from 12 foreign institutions. The average tenure of faculty employment at St. Thomas is 11 years. Sixty-one percent of faculty members are men and 39 percent are women. Twenty-five percent are persons of color or were born outside of the United States.
The university supports the professional growth of faculty through direct budgetary support of faculty scholarship, an endowed Center for Faculty Development, ad hoc endeavors to support professional development (e.g., Writing Across the Curriculum), and two offices that support grant and contract proposals from government agencies, corporations and foundations.