By clicking the link posted below you can download an Excel spreadsheet with placement data from the last two years, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, together with a “how-to” guide for future years of data gathering and analysis. The data is sourced from ProPhilosophy, the link for which you can find here.
Here are some of the findings:
- 268 total jobs reported for 2012-2013: 175 tenure-track (or permanent lectureship) positions and 93 postdoctoral positions. (The proportion of tenure-track to postdoctoral positions decreased from 2011-2012: 71.3% and 28.7% in 2011-2012 and 65.3% and 34.7% in 2012-2013, respectively.)
- The distribution of first-reported AOS in 2012-2013 was about the same as for 2011-2012: the largest proportion of both tenure-track and postdoctoral hirees were in value theory fields (33.7% and 40.9%), followed by m&e fields (29.7% and 37.6%). Of the other two AOS categories, more tenure-track hirees were in history of philosophy fields (24% of tenure-track and 6.5% of postdoctoral hirees) and more postdoctoral hirees were in philosophy of science fields (12.6% of tenure-track and 15.1% of postdoctoral hirees). This repeats the trends that we saw in 2011-2012.
- The proportion of hirees with no reported prior positions was 49.7% for tenure-track positions and 84.9% for postdoctoral positions.
- The proportion of hirees who were female was 34.3% for tenure-track positions and 26.9% for postdoctoral positions, both of which are an increase from last year (30.5% and 21.5%, respectively).
- 2012-2013 tenure-track hirees had a mean 2.22 peer-reviewed publications and 0.49 peer-reviewed publications in a top-15 journal (according to the same top-15 journal list used in 2011-2012: http://the-brooks-blog.blogspot.be/2011/01/top-philosophy-journals-initial-results.html). Postdoctoral hirees had a mean 1.48 peer-reviewed publications and 0.3 peer-reviewed publications in a top-15 journal. The medians for both tenure-track and postdoctoral hirees were 1 peer-reviewed publication and 0 peer-reviewed publications in a top-15 journal.
All of the above information can be found under the "Analyses" tab. Two new tabs, "Departments" and "Rankings," contain data on how different departments fared in placing their graduates over the two-year period, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. The "Departments" tab regroups everything in the "Data 2" tab according to PhD-granting departments. The "Rankings" tab has the total number of reported tenure-track and postdoctoral placements ("Total Reported TT," "Total Reported PD," and "Total Reported Placements"), placed graduates ("Total Placed Graduates"), and placed graduates minus "in-house” hires ("Total Placed Graduates Minus In-House Placements") for each department. The departments are ranked by the last of these numbers.
Ties between departments are first resolved with reference to department size, insofar as this information was reported in the 2012 APA Guide to Graduate Programs. That is, the tie-breaker is set by total placed graduates minus in-house placements divided by the average number of yearly graduates from 2008-2012, as reported in the 2012 APA Guide to Graduate Programs (incomplete data is marked with a red font), divided by 2 (since the data covers a two-year period). Ties were then determined by total placed graduates, total reported placements, total reported tenure-track positions, total reported postdoctoral positions, and finally by university name, in alphabetical order.
According to this ranking, the top-ten departments for placement in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 are U Chicago, Rutgers, UCLA, Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame, Berkeley, Pittsburgh, Princeton, and U Toronto, all of whom placed 12 or more candidates over the past two years in outside departments. (U Chicago placed 18.)