The faculty of Hillsdale College represents one of Hillsdale’s greatest assets. Their primary objective is to teach their students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Hillsdale professors teach all their classes and do not rely on teacher assistants as many larger colleges and universities do. Among Hillsdale’s 124 full-time and 40 adjunct faculty members, 85 percent hold the highest degree in their disciplines. Experts in their fields, many of Hillsdale’s professors have been published in prestigious and respected scholarly journals and share their knowledge at seminars and conferences worldwide.
What distinguishes Hillsdale’s faculty members, however, is their accessibility and genuine concern for each student. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who works closely with the student throughout his or her four years. A student-to-faculty ratio of 10-to-1 ensures that students receive individual attention in their classes. Each semester, professors post office hours during which students may receive additional help. Hillsdale professors often invite students into their homes for dinner and discussion, furthering strengthening the close bonds between students and faculty that are a hallmark of a Hillsdale education.