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Who is Getting Tenure-Track Jobs? Research from the Chronicle Vitae JobTracker

Thursday, February 4, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

JobTracker, a new tool created by the Chronicle of Higher Education, is a study of the academic job market for 11 disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences. In this talk, Dr. Maren Wood, lead researcher for this project, will present findings from the first year of data collection, the 2013-14 job cycle.*

The goal of JobTracker is to bring greater transparency to the academic job market by answering key questions:

  • How many tenure-track assistant professor jobs at four-year institutions in North America are listed each year?
  • How many of these jobs are at research-focused institutions? How many at teaching-focused institutions?
  • Who is landing these positions?  
  • Can we learn anything from these data about optimal timing for candidates to go on the market—while they’re still ABD, or a certain number of years after finishing the PhD?
  • Do adjunct and visiting jobs ever “turn into” tenure-track positions?

By answering these pressing questions, the findings from JobTracker can help graduate students and recent Ph.D.s make informed decisions about their careers.

SPEAKER: Maren Wood, PhD is a research consultant and professional development specialist, working exclusively with graduate students and PhDs. She founded Lilli Group Consulting and serves as a research consultant to the American Historical Association and the Chronicle of Higher Education/Vitae, studying academic employment trends and tracking Ph.D. career outcomes. She earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This event is part of the 2015-16 Academic Job Search Series, co-sponsored by The Graduate School's Professional Development Series, the Duke Career Center, and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions about this event? Contact The Graduate School's professional development team at

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*Target disciplines for this cycle include Anthropology, Communications & Media Studies, Ecology, Economics,  English Literature/Composition and Rhetoric, History, Mathematics, Musicology, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religious Studies.


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