Faculty vs. Staff

In this lesson, we are going to work on these two confusing words. Let me ask you a question. Do you wanna be a step ahead of the others learning English?

"Faculty" vs. "Staff" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both refer to a group of people that work in a particular institute or an academic community. However, 'faculty' refers to those that have educational ranks ranging from teachers to doctors in different fields. They are responsible for the teaching. 'Staff', mainly refers to the people who manage the whole community. They may be in the sales, cleaning, executive, and other departments.


As mentioned above, 'faculty, is about the members of a particular community that are responsible for the teaching. They have different educational ranks and they make more money. Check out the following examples:

I used to be a member of the Yale faculty for nearly 20 years.

Being a member of the faculty has many responsibilities.

'Staff' refers to the workers in a workplace managing the whole place. They work in different departments like cleaning, execution, public services, etc. Analyze the following examples please:

Didn't you see the 'Staff only' sign on the door?

We have a staff meeting on Friday everyone.


Both refer to a group of people that work together in a workplace, usually in an institute or an academic community. Let us look at the examples below:

I'm sorry but I was not able to attend the former staff meeting.

You have to be qualified in order to be accepted as a member of the Cambridge faculty.

Are They Interchangeable?

Although they refer to the people who work in the same place, they cannot be used interchangeably. The field in which the staff members work in differs from that of the faculty. As you can see below, both examples are correct but they have different meanings. Compare:

✓ Where will the faculty meeting be held?

✓ Where will the staff meeting be held?


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