Tenure track hiring numbers, redux
June 5, 2012
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Yesterday’s post on tenure-track hires and postdocs prompted a lot of interest, and several calls for more fine-grained analysis. David Marshall Miller (Duke) draws ProPhi’s attention to one such analysis that he has undertaken; it can be found here. Miller’s data spans
five six years of job reports from the Leiter Reports hiring threads. Among other things, Miller separates postdocs from TT hires, and corrects for double-counting.
So far for the 2011-2012 year, ProPhi has been notified of 40+ tenure-track and postdoc appointments that were not posted to Leiter’s thread. It is likely that similar gaps appear in past Leiter Reports hiring threads. Miller is aware of this, and says,
I do not plan on updating this year based on new data, so as to keep the data source uniform. (I will make corrections if I mistook a postdoc for a tt job, for instance.) However, I encourage others to use the spreadsheet for their own purposes. Part of my motivation was to show a proof of concept, so that a more authoritative entity could take on something like this.