Tenure-track Hiring Analysis: Stage Three
July 13, 2012
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Those who have seen stages 1 and 2 of the analysis can go straight to stage 3. For the rest:
ProPhi has been informed of 230 jobs by candidates from 62 Ph.D.-granting institutions. The list (organized by Ph.D.-granting department) is here. Dr Carolyn Dicey Jennings (Antwerp) has been compiling, organizing, and analyzing that data for the past several weeks. Stage 1 of her analysis was posted here, and stage 2 was posted here.
Stage 3 involved comparing the number of jobs reported in the APA bulletins to the collected data, reporting the total number of tenure-track versus postdoctoral positions, report the distribution of AOS’s represented among the hirees, reporting the means and medians for prior positions, gender, total peer-reviewed publications, and Brooks Blog top 15 publications, comparing 1 with 2, 3, and 4 (Is there a difference in number of publications for hirees based on gender, SLAC vs. research school, or AOS?), comparing 2 with 3 and 4 (Is there a difference in gender for hirees based on SLAC vs. research school or AOS?), and comparing 3 with 4 (Is there a difference in the AOS of the hiree for the different categories of hiring institutions?)
Stage 3 is now complete, and the spreadsheet can be found here.
Dr. Jennings has the following things to say about stage 3:
Some results worthy of note:
- 230 jobs reported, almost 30 percent of which were postdocs.
- Most of the tenure-track jobs go to M&E fields, whereas most of the postdocs go to value theory fields (but these are neck and neck for dominance against both historical philosophy and philosophy of science).
- 56% of those hired for tenure-track jobs did not have prior positions, whereas 80% of those granted postdoctoral positions did not have prior positions.
- 30.5% of those hired for tenure-track jobs were female, but only 21% granted postdoctoral positions were female.
- Although some hirees have as many as 14 total publications and 7 top-15 publications, the median number of publications is 1 for both tenure-track and postdocs (0 for top-15 publications).
- Not surprisingly, the strongest correlation that I found was between total number of publications and prior positions. There was a mild negative correlation (matching previous analyses) between gender and number of publications, and an commensurate negative correlation between AOS and number of publications. This means that if you are a female hiree you likely have fewer publications and if your AOS is from a less-hired-from AOS you are likely to have fewer publications.