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From Problems to Solutions: Recruiting, Training, and Placing History PhDs in Non-Faculty Careers

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An overview of the career prospects for history PhDs.

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From Problems to Solutions: Recruiting, Training, and Placing History PhDs in Non-Faculty Careers

  1. 1. From Problems to Solutions: Recruiting, Training, and Placing History PhDs in Non-Faculty Careers American Historical Association January 4, 2015
  2. 2. Number of New History PhDs and Advertised Job Openings, 1970–71 to 2012–13 AHA Job Ads History PhDs 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1973–74 1977–78 1981–82 1985–86 1989–90 1993–94 1997–98 2001–02 2005–06 2009-10 2013-14
  3. 3. AHA Job Ads History as % of All Degrees 0.0% 0.5% 1.0% 1.5% 2.0% 2.5% 3.0% 3.5% 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 AllUndergradDegrees JobOpenings Alignment of Jobs and Undergraduate Students
  4. 4. AHA Job Ads Average Age 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 AverageAge JobOpenings Alignment of Jobs and Demographics
  5. 5. History PhDs and Departments, 1901 to 2010 PhDs Departments 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 1901-10 1911-20 1921-30 1931-40 1941-50 1951-60 1961-70 1971-80 1981-90 1991- 2000 2001-10 Departments PhDRecipients
  6. 6. Average Number of Applications to PhD Programs in Conference, 2007 and 2012 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 CIC Schools Ivy League schools Pac12 Schools SEC schools 2007 2012
  7. 7. Average Number of Matriculations into PhD Programs in Conference, 2007 and 2012 0 5 10 15 20 25 CIC Ivy Pac12 SEC 2007 2012
  8. 8. Median Number of Years to PhD, by Field, 2003 to 2012 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 YearsinProgram History Humanities Social sciences Physical sciences Humanities Indicators, 2014 · American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  9. 9. Median Number of Years Spent in Phase of Doctoral Studies 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Humanities Engineering Life Sciences Physical Sciences Social Sciences All Fields Years Courses/Exams Dissertation Humanities Indicators, 2014 · American Academy of Arts & Sciences '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 All Fields '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 Social Sciences '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 Physical Sciences '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 Life Sciences '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 Humanities
  10. 10. Institutional Priorities in Preparation of PhD Students, 2001 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Research Universities Other 4-Year Colleges Historical Societies/Sites Government Business High Priority Moderate Low/ Not a Priority
  11. 11. Areas of Employment for All History PhDs, 2013 2-Year Non-tenure Track 3.1% 2-Year Tenure Track 2.4% 4-Year Non-tenure Track 14.7% 4-Year Tenure Track 50.6% Other Employment 24.2% Retired 1.1% Deceased 1.1% Not found 2.8%
  12. 12. Field Specializations of Jobs and PhDs, 2012 and 2013 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 Africa Asia Latin America Middle East Europe North America Junior Faculty Openings, 2012-13 New PhDs, 2011-12
  13. 13. Employment of History PhDs by Field Specialization, 2013 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Research Univ. 4-Year 2-Year K-12 Other (Business/Gov't) Public History Africa Asia Latin America Europe North America

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