Who Lands Tenure Track Jobs?

Do you want to know who is landing tenure track jobs? How many jobs go to people from top programs? How long people are on the job market before they land their full-time job? We want to know, and we aim to find out.

Join our community project to participate. There are two ways you can help: Contribute funds or volunteer!

About the Project

In 2014 and 2015, Maren worked on JobTracker, a study funded by the Chronicle of Higher Education that explored who landed tenure track jobs in 11 disciplines during the 2013-2014 academic year. The findings from the study were surprising:

  • ABDs were the single largest cohort hired in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Few adjuncts made the leap from contingent to tenure-track status. Only 3% of new hires were adjuncts. Another 18% were working as contingent faculty teaching off the tenure track.
  • In English and History, almost 70% of the jobs went to graduates from NRC Tier 1 programs.

Maren presented data from the project in a webinar.

The data from JobTracker is for one academic hiring year only and funding from CHE has ended. We want to keep this project going, and we need your help. Maren, our Director of Research, will manage the project, verify the data, and analyze and report on the findings. But she can’t do it alone.

Get Involved

Researchers/Editors: We needs researchers who can help populate data sheets by entering information from job wikis, and dig around on university websites to figure out who was hired into these positions. It’s boring and time-consuming, but so valuable. Right now, we can’t pay you. We will, however, thank you and acknowledge your labour publicly (if you want).

Learn more about the project here. Email Maren to volunteer.

Contributors: Beyond the Professoriate is a two-person start up. Understanding who lands tenure track jobs is critical, and we want to keep working on this project, but we can’t without funds. We’re asking the people who will benefit from this study to help fund it.

Support original independent research! Think of this like subscribing to your favourite online newspaper or magazine. Our findings from the study will be made public.

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Why Crowdsourcing/Crowdfunding?

There are many reasons why crowdfunding and -sourcing is the best option.

We can’t rely on institutions or organizations to report this information. Institutions are limited in what they can publicly report due to privacy laws. There’s also the politics of academic culture that deter departments and graduate schools from making this data public. What if nobody gets tenure track jobs from a department? What then?

An outside voice can deliver the bad (or good!) news unfiltered. This project is about speaking truth to power. So help us do that.

Join the community. Together we can crack the mystery of the academic job market. And by revealing the truth about hiring, we can hopefully help reform a very broken system. Give $10. Or Give 10 hours.

— L. Maren Wood, PhD
Director of Research, Co-Director of Educational Programs,
Beyond the Professoriate