New Data: “The Troubled Academic Job Market for Humanities” (U.S.)
- 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.
- 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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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.