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Tenure-track hiring 2011-2012: some numbers

ProPhilosophy has compiled data posted here at ProPhilosophy and data from the Leiter Reports’ tenure-track and postdoc hiring thread, and has come up with the following placement data for 2011-2012, arranged by department. These data are still incomplete; readers are welcome to make additions to that page, and this post will be updated to reflect those additions.

A month or so ago, Carolyn Dicey Jennings (University of Antwerp) posted a statistical analysis at The Philosophy Smoker. The post attracted 85 comments, all of which were appreciative of the work and found it very helpful. A number of readers called for the APA to collect data more thoroughly and do this sort of analysis every year. ProPhi joins the rest in thanking Dr Jennings for this work, and has invited her to do a similar analysis of the final data. She has agreed. Her analysis will be posted here when she has finished it, probably in a little less than a month.

Here are the numbers by department, ordered by number of candidates placed in tenure-track jobs or postdocs (not including candidates more than five years out of the Ph.D.). Only departments with at least two reported placements are included.

Berkeley: 9
Chicago: 9
MIT: 9
Notre Dame: 8
Oxford: 8
St. Andrews: 8
Stanford: 7
Toronto: 7
Wisconsin: 7
Columbia: 6
Fordham: 6
Michigan: 6
Princeton: 6
Boston University: 5
Penn: 5
Riverside: 5
Rutgers: 5
USC: 5
Vanderbilt: 5
Arizona: 4
North Carolina: 4
Pittsburgh (including HPS): 4
Texas: 4
Western Ontario: 4
Cambridge: 3
Cornell: 3
Duke: 3
Edinburgh: 3
Harvard: 3
Indiana: 3
NYU: 3
Syracuse: 3
UCI: 3
Washington-St. Louis: 3
Yale: 3
ANU: 2
Baylor: 2
Iowa: 2
Maryland: 2
Northwestern: 2
Oregon: 2
Rice: 2
SLU: 2
Virginia: 2
EDIT: Added CUNY, SLU, Columbia, Iowa, Toronto, Stanford. Edinburgh, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Harvard, UCI, Northwestern, Maryland, St. Andrews, Duke
EDIT: Updated Wisconsin, Fordham, CUNY, Berkeley

25 responses to “Tenure-track hiring 2011-2012: some numbers

  1. Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks for the post. A few reactions:

    – It’s not surprising that large departments like Notre Dame and Oxford did well (in terms of placing a lot of candidates into TT jobs and postdocs). MIT (a small department) is one of the big winners here.
    – Where are Harvard and Columbia? Did those schools really not place more than one candidate each?
    – There must be more placement successes for Rutgers and NYU, since those departments had quite a few candidates on the market this year. If those really are the final placement numbers for these two departments, this is worth noting.
    – When a more complete picture is available, I’d like to see these numbers compared to the number of candidates each department had on the market this year (hopefully this is what Dr. Jennings will do in a followup post).

  2. Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    1. Anon at 1:06 is right about the importance of charting these numbers against the overall numbers of candidates on the market — and note that it’s not just the sizes of the departments that’s relevant, but also their candidates’ successes and failures on the market in recent years.

    2. Lumping TT jobs and postdocs together is clearly problematic, not least because it can lead to double-counting, as candidates who’ve had postdocs move on to TT positions.

    • Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Point 2 is important, especially since there are more postdocs in philosophy than ever before. Next year, I’d like to see threads on ProPhilosophy that separately list postdoc and TT hiring, and that are more comprehensive than the hiring threads on Leiter. Keep up the good work on this blog and that will happen.

  3. Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Raw numbers are nice, and would be even better if they were more fine-grained. Can we get a post that separately lists postdoc and TT hires, and maybe a list of non-TT hires (ie, VAPs) too?

  4. Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve added two SLU placements to the ProPhilosophy hiring thread.

  5. Charles Smith June 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Columbia has 6 placements, listed here:

  6. Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    As of today, Iowa placed at least two candidates. I’ve noted this in the other thread, please update this list accordingly.

  7. Russ Shafer-Landau June 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Wisconsin has 9 placements:
    Ben Sachs hired by St. Andrews. AOS: Ethics. Currently 3-yr post-doc at NYU.
    Brynn Welch hired by Emory & Henry. AOS: Political Philosophy, Ethics.
    Joel Velasco hired by Texas Tech. Currently post-doc at Cal Tech.
    Eric Stencil hired by Utah Valley University. AOS Early Modern.
    Josh Thurow hired by UT-San Antonio. AOS: Metaphysics, epistemology. Currently tenure-track at Mt. Marty College.
    Leigh Vicens hired by Augustana College. AOS: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion.
    Shannon Spalding hired by Oklahoma State. AOS: Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science. Currently PNP post-doc at Washington U.
    David Killoren 3-yr post-doc at Coastal Carolina University. AOS: Ethics.
    Matt Kopec 3 year Visiting Assistant Professor, UC-Boulder.

    • Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      It appears that one of those is a temporary job (not TT or a postdoc), and another is by a Wisconsin grad who finished the Ph.D. more than five years ago. Still, good for Wisconsin!

    • prophilosophy June 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Professor Shafer-Landau: In light of the above comment, Sachs (Ph.D. 2006) and Kopec (Visiting Assistant Professor) will not be counted in the above list, and Wisconsin will be credited with seven placements. However, Dr. Jennings will have the additional data in case they are relevant to her analysis.

      • Russ Shafer-Landau June 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        Thank you–I apologize for having failed to note the 5-year rule. I also erred in treating a multi-year VAP appointment as a post-doc. It’s true that these are distinct categories, although it’s also the case that the VAP position is in all practical respects identical to a post-doc appointment. I’m sorry for the errors.–RSL

  8. Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Things worth considering:

    — Should post-docs awarded by degree-granting institutions be counted? Notre Dame, for example, regularly awards post-docs to their own students. I can’t help but think that this is inaccurately pads their numbers.

    — Should there be a way to measure the quality of jobs? MIT, for example, not only has lots of hires, but they have lots of hires at really great places.

  9. Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Toronto’s placements (five postdocs and two TT jobs) are now in this site’s list. For whatever reason, we didn’t post most of these to Leiter.

  10. Samuel A. June 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Looks like Stanford had 5 TT placements, listed here: (The website isn’t super easy to understand.)

    • Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      also remarkable about the stanford site is that they can’t spell the name of their own faculty right – it’s ‘van benthem’, not ‘van bentham’. nice utilitarian slip of the pen, though.

  11. Damien June 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Another useful thing to know, if anyone is in a position to find out, is how big the cohort of job-seekers was for each institution. The placement-to-seeker ratio would be of particular interest to people choosing between different grad schools.

  12. Jeff McMahan June 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    It may be helpful if I correct the impression left by an anonymous post that says that Rutgers “had quite a few candidates on the market this year.” In fact, Rutgers had only four graduate students in residence who went on the market this year, along with a few others who already had positions elsewhere. We did have quite a few in 2010-11 and will also have quite a few this coming year.

    • Anonymous June 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Professor McMahan, were there any graduate students who weren’t in residence, but who didn’t have jobs elsewhere, that went on the market? If so, it seems like they should be included as well.

  13. Anonymous June 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    You know, if only the department at Vanderbilt would share with us how they have computed what the average placement is for graduate programs in philosophy (since they appear confident that their placement is above average), then none of this hard work would be necessary …


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