New data (June 2016 update) released today by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Humanities Indicators project.
- The number of humanities faculty plateaued in recent years, while the number in the health field continued to grow rapidly.
- Approximately 157,540 humanities faculty members were employed in two- and four-year colleges.
- Humanities faculty members made up a slightly smaller share of faculty members at four-year colleges than at two-year institutions in 2015
- From 2011 to 2015, the share of two-year college faculty in the fine arts increased by 8%, while education and business lost share.
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- From 2013 to 2015, almost every humanities discipline experienced either minimal growth or a slight decline in its number of faculty members.
- Most humanities faculty are employed inEnglish language and literatures (with almost two-thirds of humanities faculty in two-year colleges employed in the discipline).
- From 1999 to 2015, history experienced the lowest level of faculty growth in the humanities, but still increased 40%.
- The greatest percentage increase in faculty occurred in the category of area, ethnic, and cultural studies (albeit from relatively low levels).
- The number of faculty employed to teach languages other than English in two-year colleges increased 8% from 2013 to 2015.
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